Africa Merger Control Tool

    Our informative and interactive guide on the current state of competition merger regulation across Africa is now available.  The Africa Merger Control Tool includes information on national and regional merger control regimes across the continent, with key information on thresholds for notification of mergers, filing fees payable for merger investigations and the timing of merger investigations.  This … Read more

    Commission publishes the Second Annual Report on the screening of FDI into the European Union

    On 1 September 2022, the European Commission (“Commission”) published the Second Annual Report on the screening of foreign direct investments (“FDI”) into the European Union (available here), and the accompanying Commission Staff Working Document (available here), pursuant to the annual reporting obligation under Article 5 of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 (“FDI Regulation”). This is the second … Read more

    Cartel Intel: seventh edition now live

    The cartel crackdown continues across EMEA, with levels of enforcement exceeding those witnessed immediately before the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading the way, the European Commission has conducted new dawn raid inspections in each of May, June and July. At the same time, the rules of the game have changed: the nature and scope of dawn raid … Read more

    COMPETITION IN DIGITAL MARKETS (LEXOLOGY GTDT THIRD EDITION)

    Experts from across our London, Brussels and Dusseldorf competition teams have updated the content for the third edition of Lexology Getting the Deal Through: Competition in Digital Markets, the go-to publication helping businesses and their advisers successfully navigate the myriad of complex issues that can arise when applying competition law in digital markets. Read more

    Illumina’s acquisition of Grail blocked by the EU Commission

    On 6 September 2022 the EU Commission adopted a decision under the EU merger Regulation (EUMR) prohibiting the completed acquisition by Illumina of GRAIL.  This is the first time the Commission has examined a transaction below the EUMR thresholds and all national EU Member State thresholds which was referred to it pursuant to its revised … Read more

    Consortia and Competition Law

    The European Commission’s draft revision of the horizontal cooperation guidance published on March 1, 2022, for the first time includes a specific section on the assessment of consortia agreements. Up to now, there has been very limited guidance in case law and in the existing horizontal cooperation guidelines. Members of our Brussels office have recently … Read more

    Africa Competition Law Update

    SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION LAW DEVELOPMENTS Competition Appeal Court upholds decision finding Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Pty) Ltd in breach of merger conditions Competition Appeal Court engages in characterisation exercise in assessment of alleged collusion in Tourvest Holdings (Pty) Ltd v Competition Commission and Another Competition Commission issues Practice Note on the Promotion of Competition and Inclusion … Read more

    CAT sets aside CMA infringement decision on wide MFNs

    On 8 August 2022 the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) set aside the CMA’s infringement decision in its Compare The Market investigation relating to the use of wide MFN clauses.  The CAT concluded that the CMA’s definition of the relevant market in the decision was materially wrong and that the CMA had failed to show, to … Read more

    Cartel Intel – interview with FTI Consulting Senior Managing Director Ashley Brickles

    In advance of the next edition of Cartel Intel, Brussels Partner Daniel Vowden sat down with Ashley Brickles, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, to discuss the changed nature of dawn raid inspections, the new tools and technologies available to antitrust authorities, and the precautions businesses should sensibly be taking to mitigate risks and maximise … Read more