Topic: Brexit

New report calls for overhaul of UK competition regime

John Penrose, a member of parliament in the UK, has delivered a series of wide-ranging recommendations to the government for improving competition.

16 February 2021

UK consults on “bespoke” state aid regime

The UK government is preparing a state subsidy control regime to preserve competition in the country’s internal market, overseen by a new regulator that might potentially sit within the Competition and Markets Authority.

03 February 2021

CMA warns of parallel investigations after Brexit transition period

The UK’s competition watchdog has said a “significant proportion” of deals will face parallel merger investigations in the UK and the EU after the Brexit transition period, while also warning it could issue interim orders to deals already approved by the European Commission.

02 December 2020

Novel CMA report calls for vigilance in the wake of covid-19

UK markets are particularly vulnerable to increased concentration following the coronavirus pandemic because they only partially recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, the country’s antitrust authority has found in its first-ever study on the nationwide state of competition.

01 December 2020

UK to review Virgin/O2 deal as companies ask for Phase II probe

The European Commission has referred the proposed merger of Virgin Media and O2 to the UK’s competition authority for a review that both companies want to be fast-tracked to Phase II.

19 November 2020

CMA will open parallel probes to prevent post-Brexit “enforcement gap”

A senior official at the UK’s antitrust agency has said he hopes the enforcer will sign a cooperation agreement with the European Commission by the end of this year, but warned that companies could face parallel investigations in the future.

12 November 2020

CMA looks to international enforcers for post-Brexit inspiration

The chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said his agency will look to its counterparts in Japan, Canada, Australia and Brazil as “benchmarks” for what kind of enforcer it wants to be as it prepares to take on more global cases post-Brexit.

10 November 2020

Updated CMA merger guidance signals ramp-up in enforcement

Local lawyers have said the UK antitrust watchdog’s draft revised merger guidance is a sign that the enforcer is “ramping up” its enforcement as it prepares to take on more multijurisdictional deals at the end of the Brexit withdrawal period.

09 November 2020

CMA head reiterates call for reform as final Brexit date looms

The interim chair of the UK’s antitrust enforcer has warned of a likely uptick in competition law violations as the country prepares for its formal exit from the EU amidst the coronavirus crisis.

04 November 2020

Former ECJ judge says UK and EU courts may diverge after Brexit

A former judge at the European Court of Justice has warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union could cause both jurisdictions to diverge on abuse of dominance enforcement and lead to conflicting appellate court rulings.

03 November 2020

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