Region: United Kingdom

Cooling the CMA’s extraterritorial powers

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has put the brakes on the Competition and Markets Authority’s hopes of compelling information requests from companies with no territorial connection to the UK. White & Case partners James Killick and Marc Israel consider the options for companies now faced with information requests and ponder if the tribunal’s ruling will have any limiting effect on an increasingly proactive antitrust enforcer.

19 May 2023

CAT permits DAF to appeal against pass-on assessment in Royal Mail/BT decision

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has allowed DAF to challenge aspects of its decision awarding £17.5 million in damages to BT and Royal Mail, three months after the company failed to fend off what became the country’s first successful follow-on claim against a member of the EU Trucks cartel.

18 May 2023

CMA set to release Sky from behavioural remedy

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that a behavioural remedy attached to Sky’s acquisition of an interactive TV services provider in 2001 is “no longer appropriate” due to changes in the market and regulatory landscape.

16 May 2023

CMA needs EU cooperation agreement, Cardell says

The head of the UK’s antitrust enforcer has called on the government to prioritise a formal cooperation agreement with the European Commission to counter potential divergence on enforcement in digital markets.

16 May 2023

Top CMA brass defend Microsoft/Activision block

The chair of the UK's Competition and Markets Authority has pushed back against a lawmaker’s suggestion that its decision to block Microsoft/Activision Blizzard implies the country is not "open for business".

16 May 2023

Driving greater diversity within the UK’s competition bar

Three members of The Law Society’s competition section are spearheading a push for greater ethnic diversity in the UK’s antitrust bar, recently organising a roundtable in partnership with the Competition and Markets Authority to discuss, promote and move forward the issue. In a conversation with GCR, Baker McKenzie partner Keith Jones, Ropes & Gray partner Ruchit Patel and Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner Omah Shah recap that meeting and explain how they – and the CMA – plan to go about achieving their mission.

12 May 2023

Disqualification regime “strikes at the heart” of company leadership, CMA tells UK court

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has argued that allowing the director of a demolition company involved in a bid-rigging cartel to continue in that role would undermine the deterrent effect of the competition disqualification regime.

10 May 2023

UK appeals court expresses scepticism of third-party trucks cartelists in certification challenge

Two appellate judges have questioned why some members of the EU trucks cartel are opposing a challenge to the certification of a class action that seeks damages from them.

10 May 2023

Lawyers caution against CMA reliance on private litigation after Cardell speech

UK competition lawyers have warned of the influence of private litigation on the country’s antitrust authority when it selects cases after the agency’s chief executive said it is one of the factors it considers when deciding to take on a matter.

09 May 2023

CAT rejects Microsoft's bid to split pre-owned software retailer trial

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused Microsoft’s request to divide a second-hand software seller’s £270 million damages claim into two separate trials, saying it was not guaranteed to save costs and might even lead to a third trial.

09 May 2023

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