A decision by the UK’s former competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT – now replaced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)) to accept commitments to settle its investigation into on-line prices for...more
In April we witnessed The European Commission impose a fine of €37.3 million directly on Goldman Sachs, holding the investor partly responsible for participation by its former portfolio company, Prysmian, in a cartel it ran...more
Member States’ ambassadors to the EU, known as the Committee of Permanent Representatives, have endorsed the agreement between the Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament on a proposed new EU...more
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The European Commission has commenced antitrust proceedings against several prominent European pay-TV service providers and major U.S. film studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment,...more
The UK’s new competition body, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), was officially launched on 1 October 2013. It will acquire most of its substantive powers in April 2014, when it will officially replace the Office...more
Whereas the European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulations the proposed merger between US Airways Group and AMR Corporation, including its main subsidiary American Airlines, on 5 August 2013, the U.S....more
The UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced that it intends to accept commitments from Booking.com, Expedia, InterContinetal Hotels and others, and to close its investigation into online hotel room price fixing without...more
The third in our Business Across Borders report series, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit, and launched today, delves into the challenges faced by companies doing business across markets.
The report and video...more
One of the perils of doing cross-border business is the possibility of being pulled into business-related legal wrangles. A recent global survey of executive carried out by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of...more
Our Business Across Borders report series, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit, investigates the biggest issues facing global business.
The first of five reports and video commentary, Licence to travel, examines...more
The European Commission has prohibited Ryanair’s proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus, finding the remedies proposed by Ryanair insufficient to alleviate the substantial concerns about the merger’s impact on the market and the...more
The General Court of the European Union (the "General Court") has upheld the substantial €20 million fine imposed by the European Commission (the "Commission") on Belgium's largest electricity supplier, Electrabel, for its...more
The UK government has decided that the proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator ("Adjudicator") will have "more teeth" to protect suppliers from unfair practices by large supermarkets. The Adjudicator will be able to impose fines...more