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An Update on Brexit and (Current) Implications on Trade

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

It has been a year since Article 50 was triggered on March 29, 2017, and if no extension is given, the U.K. will leave the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2019. This means that negotiations are now at the half-way point, but...more

UK Authority Considers Competition Issues Arising From the Provision of Investment Consultancy Services and Fiduciary Management...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority has published the third in a series of working papers on specific aspects of its market investigation into the supply and acquisition of investment consultancy services and fiduciary...more

Directors disqualified for breach of competition law

by Hogan Lovells on

For only the second time in its history, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has secured the disqualification of directors whose companies have infringed competition law. ...more

2018 Antitrust Annual Report

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling publishes its sixth annual Antitrust Annual Report today. The 2018 Report discerns two key trends – a global resurgence of controls on foreign direct investment and the focus on ‘fairness’...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Publishes Second Working Paper on its Investment Consultancy Investigation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority has published the second in a series of working papers on specific aspects of its market investigation into the supply and acquisition of investment consultancy services and...more

Regulation Round Up - March 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 March - The Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") published general insurance value measures data in relation to 36 insurers (including both UK and EEA firms) for the year ending 31 August 2017. The data is aimed at...more

CMA guidance on requests for internal documents in merger investigations

by Dentons on

Companies and their advisers need to be even more vigilant about the contents of internal documents concerning proposed deals, because the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is tightening its procedure for requiring...more

UK merger control thresholds to be reduced to protect national security

by Dentons on

Lower merger control thresholds will apply to transactions involving enterprises which develop or produce military or dual use items, quantum technology or computing hardware. This is to allow the UK Government to review and...more

CMA Launches Consultation Concerning Changes To Its Jurisdiction Over M&A In The Tech Sector

The UK government considers that transactions in the following sectors can raise national security concerns: 1. quantum technology; 2. computing hardware; and 3. the development or production of items for military...more

CMA’s Renewed Interest in Trade Associations

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently released a blog post authored by Simon Nichols, CMA Project Director. It acts as a stark reminder of the importance of competition compliance and the consequences of...more

Regulation Round Up - February 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 February - The European Commission ("EC") launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum in order to highlight key developments of blockchain technology, promote and reinforce European engagement with multiple...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal U.S., European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Publishes Working Paper on its Investment Consultancy Investigation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As part of its market investigation into the supply and acquisition of investment consultancy services and fiduciary management services, the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority has published the first in a series of...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 16 February 2018 - 22 February 2018

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - AFME FAQs on wholesale financial services contracts - On 19 February, AFME published a set of FAQs on how wholesale financial services contracts might be impacted by Brexit. The FAQs address operational impacts...more

Resale Price Maintenance and Restrictions on Online Selling Still Dominate CMA Concerns

by Bryan Cave on

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the principal UK competition regulator, maintains a register of competition law advisory and warning letters it sends to businesses it believes could be breaching competition law....more

In Principle: 10 Things Authorised Firms Need to Know for 2018 – The World of Financial Regulation as the UK Prepares to Exit the...

There is much for authorised firms to consider in the year ahead. Firms have been through the intensive period of the enactment of the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), but must now step up their...more

Financial Services in the Spotlight with Two Investigations Relating to: (1) Asset Management Firms and (2) Investment Consultancy...

by Reed Smith on

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued statement of objections against a number of asset management firms. This is the first case the FCA has brought using its competition enforcement powers (inherited in 2015),...more

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

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