Region: United Kingdom

UK enforcer challenges Viagogo/StubHub deal

The UK’s competition watchdog has warned that it may have to block Viagogo’s already completed €3.3 billion acquisition of rival ticket reseller StubHub, after raising major concerns about the effectiveness of potential structural remedies.

22 October 2020

CMA and SFO set out cartel collaboration agreement

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has signed a new memorandum of understanding with the country’s Serious Fraud Office, although lawyers disagree whether both agencies are likely to now join forces on cartel cases or if the SFO will take the lead.

22 October 2020

National Grid settles follow-on claim against ABB

The UK’s electricity grid operator has withdrawn its follow-on damages claim against ABB, marking its third settlement with members of the power cables cartel.

22 October 2020

CMA official denies “cookie-cutter” approach to merger reviews

An official at the UK’s antitrust watchdog has denied that the agency uses a “one-size-fits-all” strategy when it appoints case teams to handle merger investigations.

21 October 2020

CMA bemoans Facebook’s lack of cooperation in Giphy deal

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has argued that Facebook’s refusal to provide certain requested information prevented it from properly considering an exemption request from an interim order that temporarily halted its acquisition of Giphy.

20 October 2020

Facebook accuses CMA of flawed analysis in exemption request

Facebook has alleged that the UK’s competition agency failed to consider basic elements of its exemption request from an interim order the authority imposed on its deal to acquire Giphy.

19 October 2020

CMA will probe Google and Facebook if regulation stalls

The head of the UK’s competition authority has said his agency will open investigations into Google and Facebook if the country’s government does not implement a regulatory framework for the digital market within one year.

19 October 2020

CMA backtracks on JD Sports fine

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has revoked the £300,000 fine it imposed on JD Sports for breaching an interim order after new information came to light during the retailer’s appeal against the penalty.

16 October 2020

UK threatens to block school supplies merger

The UK’s competition enforcer has warned that it may prohibit the acquisition of an educational resource supplier by a group of local public authorities over fears that it would leave schools with fewer purchasing options.

16 October 2020

Firms promote to bolster European practices

White & Case and Kirkland & Ellis have added new partners to their antitrust teams in Brussels and London, respectively.

14 October 2020

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