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Antitrust case against Apple
This week the EU Commission announced that it has started antitrust investigations against the platform group Apple. Both antitrust proceedings are focused on the terms and conditions of Apple’s platform. One concerns the conditions for the App Store (Commission press release); the other concerns the conditions for Apple Pay (Commission press release). In both cases...
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Access to the technical infrastructure of a system undertaking
End of last year I reported on the introduction of a new provision in the German ZAG aka PSSA, Section 58a PSSA. You will find this regulation there cited in its entirety. It contains provisions on sector-specific access regulation. It is intended to overcome competitive abuses in the field of mobile payment solutions. This regulation...
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§ 58a ZAG
In Germany, the following new regulation has been in force since the beginning of this year: Access to technical infrastructure services for the provision of payment services or e-money (1) An undertaking contributing through technical infrastructure services to the provision of payment services or the conduct of e-money business within the national territory (system undertaking)...
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Access to Data
Promotion in my own interest: the handbook “Datenrecht in der Digitalisierung” (Data Law in Digitalisation), edited by Louisa Specht-Riemenschneider, Nikola Werry and Susanne Werry, is now available. It is a very opulent volume, which in the end only just misses the 1,000 page mark. Not that the mere number of pages matters: But more than...
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The importance of data for competition has been clear not only since the Bundeskartellamt’s pioneering Facebook decision. Numerous references and interrelationships also seem to exist between the fields of antitrust law and data protection law. In the summer I participated in several conferences (among others with my colleague Carlo Piltz from Now I have...
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Antitrust by Design
In the current issue of the magazine GRUR Int. I have published an essay together with David Saive entitled “Antitrust by Design – The prohibition of anti-competitive coordination and the consensus mechanism of the blockchain“. The article is based on a very intensive scientific dialogue where I learned a lot. Before we published it in...
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Once again a short note on my own behalf: The DAJV has invited me as a speaker at its Transatlantic Legal Conference. It is scheduled to take place next week on Friday, 6.3.2020, in Frankfurt am Main. It is organized by the German-American Lawyers’ Association DAJV, which is strongly committed to professional and intercultural transatlantic...
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Sebastian Louven

Rechtsanwalt Sebastian LouvenSince 2016 I have been an attorney at law. I advise mainly on antitrust law and telecommunications law. Further focal points of my work are intellectual property law as well as distribution law and IT law.


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