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Benoît Keane ranked by Chambers

Benoît Keane has been ranked by Chambers & Partners for EU/Competition law.  Chambers is the independent legal directory which identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world.  It prepares reports on the basis of comments from clients and other lawyers in the field.    

In its review, Chambers stated: 

Benoît Keane of Keane Legal is renowned for his expertise on competition law in the sports sector. […] One impressed source says: “Benoît is the best expert I have ever instructed on sports and EU law mandates.” Interviewees are also impressed by his availability, practical approach, creativity and expertise in the sports sector.” 


Benoît Keane ranked “Most Highly Regarded” by Who’s Who Legal – Sports & Entertainment 2015

Benoît Keane has been ranked “Most Highly Regarded” for sports law by the legal directory Who’s Who Legal – Sports & Entertainment in its 2015 edition.

The directory lists 440 experts in 29 jurisdictions around the world for sports and entertainment law.  The list is drawn up using the recommendations of law firms from around the world – it is not possible to buy entry into Who’s Who Legal. From this list of experts, Who’s Who Legal 2015 has ranked ten lawyers for the prestigious ranking of “Most Highly Regarded” in sports law.

“It is a great honour to be included on the ‘Most Highly Regarded’ list of sports law experts”, said Benoît Keane. “My aim has always been to provide clients with the best possible legal representation and I would like to thank those who have given me the privilege to act on their behalf. My thanks also to colleagues in the sports law world for their kind support.”

Who’s Who Legal 2015 also highlighted praise for Benoît Keane with one source saying “he is very knowledgeable and provides business-minded advice in a clear and concise manner”.


European Commission announces competition investigation into major film studios

On 23 July 2015, the Commission announced that it had sent a Statement of Objections to the major film studios (Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures) and the Pay-TV broadcaster Sky UK alleging a breach of EU competition law. In particular, the Commission alleges that contractual provisions preventing EU consumers outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland from accessing pay-TV services are anti-competitive.  In announcing the investigation, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated:

“European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU. Our investigation shows that they cannot do this today, also because licensing agreements between the major film studios and Sky UK do not allow consumers in other EU countries to access Sky’s UK and Irish pay-TV services, via satellite or online. We believe that this may be in breach of EU competition rules.”


European Commission charges Google with abuse of dominance concerning Google Shopping and opens investigation into Android

In a double blow to Google, the European Commission made two announcements on 15 April concerning its investigations into Google’s online practices and Android operating system. First the Commission announced that it had sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging that Google has been “systematically favouring” Google Shopping at the expense of competing comparison sites. Then the Commission announced that it was opening a separate investigation into the Google Android operating system. In making the announcements, the EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (pictured above) stated that the Google antitrust investigations have been one her priorities since taking office in November last year to ensure that “consumers and innovative companies can benefit from a competitive environment in Europe”. Google strongly denies the allegations.


Benoît Keane interviewed on Bloomberg TV to discuss Google News decision to close Spanish services

Benoît Keane participated in an interview on Bloomberg TV to discuss the recent decision by Google News to close down its Spanish news service following the entry into force of a Spanish copyright law requiring payment for news extracts. Benoît gave a legal perspective on the decision and the possible implications for the on-going EU investigations into Google. Fellow guest, Adam Sherk of Define Media Group which specializes in SEO consultancy services, analysed the implications upon searches to Spanish news websites. The discussion took place on Bloomberg West, a business news programme dedicated to the technology industry.  



Publication of Survey on Application of EU Competition Law to Entertainment and Sports Sectors

Oxford University Press have published a Survey by Benoît Keane of developments in the application of EU competition law to the entertainment and sports sectors.  The Survey has been published in its Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (JECLAP).


Benoît Keane speaks at US Sports Lawyers Association conference

On 16 May, Benoît Keane spoke at the annual conference organised by the US Sports Lawyers Association (SLA).  The conference, which is the most important in the US sports law calendar, was attended by over 800 delegates in Chicago.  Benoît Keane spoke at the break-out session on international law developments together with Russian sports lawyer Georgy Sur.  Jeff Benz, the leading US sports lawyer and arbitrator, acted as moderator of the event.


Internet service providers can be ordered to block access to websites infringing copyright

The European Court of Justice has ruled that an internet service provider (ISP) can be ordered to block websites that infringe copyright.  However, the ECJ clarified that such measures should comply with EU fundamental rights, notably the right to conduct a business and the right to information. The ECJ considered that an injunction which left it to the ISP to determine the most effective means to block the infringing website did not infringe fundamental rights.


New European Regulators Group for Audiovisual services established

The European Commission has established a group of European regulatory authorities to deal with audiovisual services. The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual services (ERGA) brings together the heads or high-level representatives of independent national regulatory bodies in each of the EU Member States.


European Commission investigates Pay-TV film agreements

The European Commission has announced that it is conducting an investigation into licensing agreements between major film studios and Pay-TV broadcasters.  The Commission will in particular investigate whether the licensing conditions prevent broadcasters from providing their services across European borders, for example by refusing potential subscribers from other Member States or blocking cross-border access to their services.


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