Region: United Kingdom

A Q&A with the Tony Blair Institute's Jeeger Kakkad

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change last month published a report slamming the UK’s foreign investment regime for putting the country’s national security at risk. Jeeger Kakkad, the report's author and director of the Future of Britain initiative at the institute, spoke to GCR about how the National Security and Investment Act poses a threat to security, how the regime can be more transparent and the urgent need for government guidance.

06 April 2023

UK regulator may suggest CMA cloud sector probe into Amazon, Microsoft and Google

The UK’s Office of Communication has signalled an intent to refer its cloud services study to the country’s competition authority to conduct a more in-depth probe that could result in price caps on data transfers and interoperability requirements.

05 April 2023

Mastercard: Class action certification is a matter of CAT’s “credibility”

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal’s decision on whether to certify four proposed collective actions against Visa and Mastercard relates to its “credibility” as a court as well as that of the jurisdiction, Mastercard has argued.

05 April 2023

CMA imposes rare price cap on Motorola to end “supernormal profits”

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is limiting how much Motorola Solutions can charge emergency services to use its Airwave network, although the company says it will challenge such an “egregious overreach”.

05 April 2023

UK promises to increase transparency of national security reviews

The UK government plans to update its guidance on the National Security and Investment Act less than a month after an advisory organisation set up by former prime minister Tony Blair criticised the new regime for being ambiguous and lacking transparency.

04 April 2023

Mastercard questions interchange fee class representative’s independence

Mastercard has urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal not to certify four proposed collective actions against itself and Visa because there are “serious issues” with the proposed class representative’s independence from its lawyers and funders.

04 April 2023

CAT reluctantly accepts late expert evidence in proposed interchange fee class actions

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has allowed a last-minute expert report purporting to calculate merchant pass-on rates at the start of a three-day hearing to determine whether to certify four new class actions against Visa and Mastercard.

03 April 2023

Apple succeeds in blocking CMA market investigation

The UK antitrust enforcer has said a ruling from the Competition Appeal Tribunal to quash its market investigation into Apple’s and Google’s dominance in the mobile browser and cloud gaming sectors risks “substantially undermining” its powers.

03 April 2023

CMA refers UnitedHealth acquisition to Phase II

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has rejected a divestiture package from UnitedHealth and opened an in-depth probe to determine if the US healthcare giant’s £1.2 billion acquisition of EMIS Group could restrict competition for supplying vital software to the country’s national health service.

31 March 2023

Pritchard swaps Linklaters for Latham

Simon Pritchard is set to leave Linklaters after more than a decade at the firm to join Latham & Watkins in London.

30 March 2023

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