National Security and Investment: UK Government confirms commencement date for new regime and publishes new guidance, regulations and consultation

On 20 July 2021, the UK Government announced the commencement date of the substantive provisions of the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the “Act“), and published new guidance for business on the requirements of the Act, new Draft Notifiable Acquisition Regulations, and a new consultation draft of the Section 3 Statement (also known as … Read more

Global Competition Review EMEA Antitrust Review 2022 – HSF’s EU Merger Control chapter now available online

Members of the HSF Brussels competition team have written their annual chapter as a contribution to the latest edition of the highly-regarded Global Competition Review (GCR) EMEA Antitrust Review, which provides a comprehensive summary of key recent EU merger control developments. The chapter covers key jurisdictional, procedural and substantive developments in EU merger control from … Read more

EU Commission publishes draft revised VBER and Vertical Guidelines

On 9 July 2021, following a comprehensive consultation process, the EU Commission (Commission) published its proposals for a revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (Draft VBER) and Draft Vertical Guidelines, due to replace the current regime which expires on 31 May 2022. The previous evaluation steps (see here for more detail) identified a number of areas … Read more


DEVELOPMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA Competition commission initiates a market inquiry into the online intermediation platform market Competition commission publishes final guidelines for competition in the South African automotive market The commission is consulting stakeholders in respect of proposed codes of conduct in the food supply chain The CCSA finalises it’s inquiry into the land based … Read more

A new dawn for cartel enforcement? Competition authorities across Europe resume unannounced dawn raid inspections

On 22 June 2021 the European Commission (“Commission”) revealed that it had carried out surprise inspections at the German premises of a company active in the clothing sector, suspected of infringing competition rules.  This was the first unannounced inspection, or “dawn raid”, conducted by the Commission since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck Europe in March … Read more