Region: United Kingdom

Conservative MP to lead UK competition policy review

The UK government has asked a member of parliament to examine how the country’s competition policy can be strengthened, as it prepares to leave the EU and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

15 September 2020

Latham, MoFo and Cleary Gottlieb steer Nvidia/Arm deal

Latham & Watkins and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are advising Nvidia on its $40 billion purchase of Arm from SoftBank, while the Japanese seller has tapped Morrison & Foerster to help guide the deal through merger reviews on three continents.

14 September 2020

UK court stays abuse claim against Royal Mail

A UK judge has paused a sexually-transmitted disease testing company’s standalone abuse of dominance claim against Royal Mail to give the companies an opportunity to settle after issuing an interim injunction in favour of the claimant.

11 September 2020

UK confirms it will scrap EU state aid rules

The UK government will follow World Trade Organization rules on subsidy control after the country leaves the European Union at the end of this year.

10 September 2020

Lloyds caught bundling loans and bank accounts during pandemic

The UK’s competition enforcer has censured Lloyds Banking Group for unlawfully making small business owners open business bank accounts to access a coronavirus-related government loan scheme.

08 September 2020

Amazon penalised for late responses in Deliveroo probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined Amazon for failing to hand over documents on time during the enforcer’s review of the company’s investment in Deliveroo.

07 September 2020

CMA closes final covid-19 excessive pricing case

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has dropped its fourth and final coronavirus-linked excessive pricing probe, after concluding that the prices charged by a pharmacy were unlikely to have breached competition rules.

04 September 2020

Enforcers agree new cooperation framework for digital age

Antitrust agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have signed a competition framework agreement that aims to increase cooperation in cross-border investigations.

03 September 2020

CMA chases director disqualifications for pharmaceutical cartel

The UK’s competition watchdog has disqualified a former pharmaceutical director after he admitted his role in an antidepressant drug cartel, as the enforcer also launched disqualification proceedings against another director involved in the conspiracy.

02 September 2020

Facebook challenges Giphy hold-separate obligations

Facebook has taken the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to court over its refusal to exempt the company from aspects of an order that prevented it from integrating with Giphy during the enforcer's merger review.

01 September 2020

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