Christopher Bright

Christopher Bright

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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New Opportunities in UK Water?

OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sector in England and Wales, has set out the price controls that companies must use for regulated activities from 2015 to 2020. This new economic settlement brings...more

12/15/2014 - Sewer Systems UK Water

CMA Forced to Backtrack on Hospital Divestments in Private Healthcare Market Investigation

The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has backed down from its decision in the Market Investigation into Privately Funded Healthcare Services (the “PH Investigation”), which required HCA to divest some of the private...more

12/2/2014 - Competition Appeal Tribunal Healthcare Hospitals UK

Margrethe Vestager: the New EU Competition Commissioner

The competition portfolio in President Juncker’s new Commission falls to Margrethe Vestager, a social liberal politician from Denmark. Margrethe Vestager is expected to take up her post as the new Competition...more

10/23/2014 - Competition Authorities EU Political Appointments

Resurgence of Protectionism – Can European Member States Really Do Whatever They Want to Foreign Takeovers?

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia recently cited the French initiatives to block the GE-Alstom deal as an example of “worrying signals of protectionist threats” in Europe. France is not, however, to be singled out....more

9/3/2014 - Alstom EU General Electric Protectionism Target Company

Beware of Public Announcements! Recent European Competition Developments on Price Signalling

Forward public announcements of prices and outputs are common in many industries. The effect of such announcements on competition has traditionally been considered ambiguous. Partly for that reason, simple price announcements...more

3/25/2014 - Competition EU Price-Fixing

China Conditionally Approves Thermo Fisher/Life Technologies Merger: MOFCOM Continues to March to Its Own Drumbeat

The January 2014 conditional clearance decision by the Chinese competition authorities regarding the acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (“Thermo Fisher”) of Life Technologies Corporation illustrates some of the key...more

3/3/2014 - China Mergers MOFCOM

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