Region: United Kingdom

Updated CMA merger guidance signals ramp-up in enforcement

Local lawyers have said the UK antitrust watchdog’s draft revised merger guidance is a sign that the enforcer is “ramping up” its enforcement as it prepares to take on more multijurisdictional deals at the end of the Brexit withdrawal period.

09 November 2020

Servier suffers Supreme Court loss in pay-for-delay damages suit

Servier has failed to convince the UK’s Supreme Court that product market findings by the EU General Court are binding on competition damages claims by four UK national health services against the drugmaker.

06 November 2020

CMA continues tough merger enforcement with another deal block

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has ordered investment platform software provider FNZ to unwind its acquisition of rival GBST, issuing its third merger block this year.

05 November 2020

CMA head reiterates call for reform as final Brexit date looms

The interim chair of the UK’s antitrust enforcer has warned of a likely uptick in competition law violations as the country prepares for its formal exit from the EU amidst the coronavirus crisis.

04 November 2020

Former ECJ judge says UK and EU courts may diverge after Brexit

A former judge at the European Court of Justice has warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union could cause both jurisdictions to diverge on abuse of dominance enforcement and lead to conflicting appellate court rulings.

03 November 2020

Competition law “doyen” Bellamy returns to Monckton

Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, the first president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal, has left Linklaters after 14 years to rejoin Monckton Chambers.

03 November 2020

Another deal collapses after CMA scrutiny

Two educational resource suppliers have abandoned their proposed £50 million tie-up after the UK’s increasingly combative antitrust enforcer concluded that it would likely need to block the merger.

02 November 2020

Premier League collectively boycotted takeover deal, supporters allege

Two Newcastle United Football Club supporters have claimed that the English Premier League’s review into a proposed £300 million acquisition of the team, which involved Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, was anticompetitive.

30 October 2020

Former ECJ judge returns to Monckton Chambers

Christopher Vajda QC, a former judge at the European Court of Justice, has rejoined Monckton Chambers several months after stepping down from his role in Luxembourg because of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

27 October 2020

UK regulator issues Motorola with SO

The UK’s communications regulator has sent a statement of objections to Motorola and Sepura for allegedly exchanging pricing information on a tender to provide communication devices to the country’s emergency services.

26 October 2020

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