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Regulation Round Up - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 December - The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its 19th quarterly consultation paper (CP17/39). The proposed changes to the FCA Rules include changes to the FCA's Decision Procedure and Penalties manual,...more

UK Merger Control Scheme Is More Than Just Voluntary

Orrick’s Douglas Lahnborg and Saira Henry co-authored an article in Law360 about the merger process in the UK, and whether companies should consider seeking approval from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The...more

Payments Strategy Forum's Publication of NPA Design and Transition Blueprint

by DLA Piper on

The Payments Strategy Forum (PSF) published its New Payments Architecture (NPA) Design and Transition Blueprint on 13 December 2017.This is an updated version of the Design and Transition Supporting Document published in July...more

EU & Competition Law Update – December 2017

by Bryan Cave on

European Court of Justice questions validity of commitments procedure under EU competition law - On 23 November 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) surprised many competition law commentators, when it...more

Payments Strategy Forum's Publication of NPA Design and Transition Blueprint

by DLA Piper on

The Payments Strategy Forum (PSF) published its New Payments Architecture (NPA) Design and Transition Blueprint on 13 December 2017.This is an updated version of the Design and Transition Supporting Document published in July...more

The UK Care Sector | A Cold Climate for Care Homes

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Investors will find little holiday cheer in the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) final report on the UK Care Sector, published 30 November 2017. The report focusses on consumer protections and the sector’s financial...more

UK Competition & Markets Authority Consults on Upcoming Focus Areas

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Competition & Markets Authority has launched a consultation on its proposed focus areas for 2018/2019. The consultation paper sets out the CMA's draft plans and priorities and a number of key commitments and...more

CMA Imposes Fixed Penalty on Hungryhouse for Failure to Comply With Information Request

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has imposed a £20,000 fixed penalty on Hungryhouse Holdings Limited (Hungryhouse). The CMA imposed the penalty under Section 110 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (EA02) for failure to...more

Regulation Round Up - November 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

3 November - The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published an alert setting out key considerations for principals who have appointed representatives or introducer appointed representatives. Among other things, the alert...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features stories on both traditional OTAs and short-term rentals. Enjoy....more

UK Launches Antitrust Review of the Wholesale Insurance Broker Market

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK Financial Conduct Authority has launched a market study into whether competition works well in the insurance broker market. The Impact: The FCA has begun a fact-finding review into the role of...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending November 10, 2017 is below. Senator Kobuchar’s recent request for an DOJ and FTC investigation into OTAs’ purportedly anti-competitive practices leads this...more

Pharma and Biotech: Key Trends and Legal Risks

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

How to thrive amid uncertainty? This was the question we explored at the 35th FT Global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Conference. Here are five key industry trends and corresponding practical legal tips to help companies...more

Legal issues for those running UK construction businesses - (Planning, Health and Safety, Regulatory, House Building and...

by Dentons on

Welcome to our round-up of legal issues relevant to UK construction businesses. The summaries below contain updates and links to recent articles from colleagues specialising in planning, health and safety, regulatory or...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — United Kingdom

by White & Case LLP on

National security interventions have, with one exception, involved defense considerations - Unlike many other jurisdictions, acquisitions in potentially sensitive industries do not, as a matter of course, require parties...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 27th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending October 27, 2017 is below. This week's Update includes a number of substantive stories on OTAs, particularly, European authorities’ renewed interest in OTAs’...more

Regulation Round Up - October 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

3 October - The Prudential Regulator Authority (PRA) published a policy statement on strengthening accountability in banking and changes to senior managers regime (SMR) forms. The changes to the SMR forms will become live on...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Risks of Information-Sharing at a Single Meeting - On 6 October 2017, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) provided a reminder that competing companies risk infringing competition law if they exchange commercially...more

Hotel comparison websites under investigation

by Bryan Cave on

On 27 October 2017, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had launched investigations into several hotel booking websites on the grounds that they were potentially misleading consumers....more

UK Government to Reform M&A Rules to Protect National Security

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government is introducing new protectionist measures concerning acquisitions of businesses operating in the United Kingdom. The Impact: The government intends to expand the scope of acquisition...more

European Court Ruling May Reinvigorate Enforcement Against Excessive Pricing

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The European Court of Justice recently provided widely anticipated guidance on the concept of excessive pricing, clarifying the use of key legal criteria in identifying an excessive pricing abuse under Article 102...more

UK mergers regime - Government prioritising national security

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 17 October 2017 the UK Government published a Green Paper heralding reform of national security and infrastructure investment review in the UK (the Green Paper). Specifically, the Government is seeking to strengthen...more

UK National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review: Change Is Coming

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The UK government recently published proposed reforms designed to strengthen its powers to investigate national security implications for investments in certain types of UK assets and industries. These proposals may have...more

The UK Care Sector | Problem or Opportunity for Investors?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

For investors considering the UK care sector, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) State of Care report released 10 October 2017 again raises alarm bells. Beds in nursing homes declined meaningfully, and funding pressures are...more

CAT Upholds Fine for Unlawful Information Exchange at Single Meeting

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Case sends “a strong signal to companies about...critical compliance obligations” according to the CMA’s Executive Director of Enforcement. Key Points: - The case marks the first time in the UK that a fine was imposed...more

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