Topic: Brexit

UK exempts fuel sector from antitrust rules to quell delivery crisis

The UK government has suspended competition law in the fuel sector to tackle supply issues that have resulted in panic-buying across the country, signalling its willingness once again to balance antitrust rules and principles with other public policy objectives.

27 September 2021

CMA plans to increase fines in updated penalty guidance

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on proposed changes to its penalty guidance, with a view to increasing fines to ensure deterrence as the agency investigates larger companies.

05 July 2021

New UK subsidy regime abandons pre-approval process

The UK government has unveiled a subsidy control system to replace EU state aid rules, including a new advisory unit that will sit within the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

30 June 2021

UK enforcer recommends adopting ‘tailored’ VBER

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is proposing to replace the European Union’s vertical agreements block exemption regulation with an amended UK-tailored law.

17 June 2021

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

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