Region: United Kingdom

CMA kicks off football kit pricing probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has begun an investigation into a suspected anticompetitive agreement between Rangers Football Club and four sportswear retailers relating to the prices charged for its replica football kits.

16 December 2020

Simpson Thacher poaches Bavasso from A&O

Antonio Bavasso, co-head of Allen & Overy’s global competition group, is leaving the firm to join Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London, as the firm prepares for an uptick in merger work ahead of the Brexit transition period coming to an end.

15 December 2020

Mastercard’s loss at UK Supreme Court is a “revolution”, lawyers say

A landmark decision by the UK Supreme Court allowing the rehearing of a request to certify a proposed competition damages claim against Mastercard has significantly lowered the bar for future class actions, lawyers have said.

11 December 2020

CMA opens in-depth review into O2/Virgin Media tie-up

The UK’s competition authority has launched a Phase II probe into the £31 billion merger of O2 and Virgin Media, after accepting a request to fast-track its review.

11 December 2020

Andrea Lofaro, 1972-2020

The global antitrust community is mourning the loss of RBB Economics partner Andrea Lofaro, who passed away last week aged 48.

11 December 2020

United Kingdom

Featured in GCR 100 2021

UK firms continue to beef up their antitrust practices in London as they look to handle the expected influx of work that will arrive as a result of Brexit, especially in merger control.

11 December 2020

CMA calls for mandatory notification of tech deals

The UK’s competition watchdog has advised the government to implement a new mandatory merger notification regime for powerful tech companies that have “strategic market status”.

08 December 2020

Merricks judgment delayed at UK Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court’s highly-anticipated ruling in Walter Merricks' opt-out class action claim against Mastercard has been indefinitely postponed due to the passing of presiding justice Lord Brian Kerr.

03 December 2020

New FDI regime is not about protectionism, UK official says

A UK government official has insisted that the country’s incoming foreign direct investment regime is not about protectionism but is focused “very strictly” on national security.

03 December 2020

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

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