Region: United Kingdom

Sabre says CMA undermined merger control rules by blocking Farelogix deal

The UK’s antitrust authority undermined the intention of parliament by asserting its jurisdiction to block Sabre’s $360 million takeover of Farelogix, counsel to the company has told the country’s specialist competition tribunal.

24 November 2020

CMA consults on bipolar drug commitments

Essential Pharma has promised to continue supplying a bipolar drug to UK patients, likely addressing the UK competition authority’s concerns that it abused its dominance by planning to withdraw the medication from the national market.

24 November 2020

UK enforcer urged to impose interim measures on Google

An alliance of technology and publishing companies has asked the UK’s antitrust watchdog to stop Google releasing technology that it claims will block publishers from accessing the cookies they use to sell advertising.

23 November 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

Firms promote in Munich and London

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has promoted Kai Gesing to partner in Munich, while Ropes & Gray has promoted a former case officer at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to counsel.

19 November 2020

CMA issues first-ever price parity clauses fine

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined one of the country’s biggest price comparison platforms £17.9 million for using most-favoured-nation clauses that banned home insurers from offering lower prices on rival websites.

19 November 2020

CMA ready to move away from static market definitions in deal reviews

The UK’s competition authority has proposed dropping formal market definition in its merger reviews and allowing for more uncertainty in counterfactual assessments to better enforce against anticompetitive deals in digital markets.

18 November 2020

JD Sports ruling will not change approach to merger reviews, CMA says

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said its overall approach to merger analysis will not change after a specialist tribunal ordered the agency to re-evaluate JD Sports’ acquisition of Footasylum to properly assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

16 November 2020

UK fast-tracks crowdfunding deal to Phase II

The UK’s competition authority has fast-tracked an in-depth review into a merger between crowdfunding platforms Cloudcube and Seedrs following a request by the companies.

16 November 2020

UK tribunal backs CMA in Facebook exemption dispute

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has rebuked Facebook for ignoring information requests from the country’s antitrust watchdog when applying for an exemption from an order that required it to stop integrating with Giphy during the enforcer’s review of the deal.

16 November 2020

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