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Chinese Buyers Act Quickly – Parallel UK & EU Foreign Takeover Control Systems Proposed

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

Chinese buyers act quickly – Parallel UK & EU foreign takeover control systems proposed

On the 14th August 2017, it was widely reported in the UK press how Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, is preparing to unveil EU foreign takeover controls at a keynote speech in September. Such a system...more

EU Retail News - July 2017

On 18 July 2017, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") published a new report which calls for an end to gender stereotyping in advertising. The report comes at the end of an investigation into this issue, during...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

Possible Wider UK Powers to Block Foreign Acquisitions

Recent developments show the UK Government’s desire to expand their powers to block foreign takeovers. We explore the nature and scope of the proposed legislation and assess its likely consequences....more

Regulatory interest continues around hotel prices

European and national competition regulator interest in hotel prices and price parity clauses continues. On 5 July 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published a one page memo, intended to educate hotels on...more

First judgment from competition fast track procedure

On 26 May 2017, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) issued its judgment on the liability of the Law Society of England and Wales (the Law Society) in a claim brought against it by Socrates Training Limited (Socrates)...more

EU financial regulator issues aggressive opinion on “passporting” issues post Brexit

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), issued an aggressive Opinion on the 31 May 2017, aimed at dashing the hopes of letterbox subsidiaries in the EU. The Opinion also sought to govern growing competition...more

CMA bids to end online exclusionary practices as auction house offers commitments

On 30 May 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it was consulting on proposals from an online bidding platform to change its terms, following concerns from the CMA that the platform was engaged in...more

Hope for a cleaner Brexit after ECJ ruling

In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU institutions to negotiate free trade agreements...more

More e-commerce investigations around the corner?

On the 10 May 2017, the EU Commission announced the end of their e-commerce sector inquiry. What is notable about the end of this inquiry is the lack of policy or new legislation following it....more

EU Competition Newsletter - May 2017

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

EU Retail News - April 2017

Considering a Retail Merger? The UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") has published new commentary to inform companies on how it assess retail mergers. ...more

Considering a Retail Merger?

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has published new commentary to inform companies on how it assess retail mergers. The commentary should be read by any retailer considering merging with a competitor in the UK....more

EU Competition Newsletter - April 2017

The Brexit referendum result in June last year created many uncertainties for the British economy and continues to do so. In this Breakfast Seminar, Robert Bell will focus his remarks on what he sees will be the likely...more

EU Concerns Remain on Hotel Prices and Commission Rates

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

EU Retail News - March 2017

From April 2017, the following legal changes are coming into effect. Make sure your business is prepared! Part of this publication originally published by Drapers - March, 2017...more

Retailers - can you be liable for cartel behaviour for using pricing software and algorithms?

A key issue regulators are grappling with is what antitrust liability can attach to retailers who use price matching software or other algorithms to match competitors’ online prices? In a speech made on 16 March 2017,...more

Snitches get……massive cash rewards

On Monday 20 March 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced a campaign to encourage whistle-blowers to come forward and expose cartels. The campaign is going to target social media and key websites. ...more

Distribution Problems for US Companies in Europe and How To Avoid Them

Many US (and EU) companies operate in Europe with pricing and distribution policies which may breach EU competition rules. EU regulators are taking an increasingly tough line on pricing and online market place access. Robert...more

EU Retail News - February 2017

When Can You and When Should You Use Your Own Name for Your Brand? It is a common misconception that we are all entitled to create brands under our own names. It is also a misapprehension that it is always a good idea —...more

EU Commission Gets Serious About Geo-Blocking

On 2 February 2017, the EU Commission simultaneously launched three investigations into the e-commerce sector. What is significant about this latest development is that it shows that e-commerce is a clear priority area in...more

January EU Retail News

Brands Expanding Internationally Should Embrace Competition-Conscious Luxury Goods Licences - The licensing of luxury goods in Europe, where a supplier sells goods to a certain approved distributor to sell on its...more

UK Supreme Court declares Government must pass Act of Parliament to trigger the process of leaving the European Union

The UK Supreme Court (the “Court”) in its most important and far reaching judgment to date decided that the UK Government has to seek the approval of the UK Parliament before issuing an Article 50 notice to begin the process...more

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