Region: United Kingdom

UK enforcer studies electric car charging market

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has launched a study into the electric vehicle charging market to prevent any competition problems “before they come embedded”.

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 launch new digital competition regime

The UK government has said it will establish a digital markets unit within the country’s competition authority to enforce new rules for powerful platforms like Google and Facebook.

27 November 2020

Sabre: CMA analysis was irrational

The UK antitrust authority’s application of merger control rules when it blocked Sabre’s $360 million acquisition of Farelogix lacked rationality and was applied in an arbitrary manner, counsel to Sabre has told the country’s specialist competition tribunal.

26 November 2020

CMA defends merger analysis in Sabre/Farelogix deal

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has defended its decision to block Sabre’s acquisition of Farelogix, claiming that domestic merger control rules do not give it “indiscriminate power” to oppose global transactions.

25 November 2020

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

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