More changes to come: China consults on amendments to six antitrust guidelines

Hot on the heels of the passing of the amendments to China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (Amended AML) last Friday (24 June 2022), China’s competition regulator (the State Administration for Market Regulation, or SAMR) has launched a public consultation on 27 June 2022 in relation to amendments to six substantive regulations.  The proposed amendments are wide ranging, … Read more

Overview of EU and South African regulatory and competition law in the Pharma sector

We are delighted that our overviews of regulatory and competition law in the EU and South Africa have now been published as jurisdictional contributions to the Lexology Getting the Deal Through Pharmaceutical Antitrust guide. The online publication serves as a quick reference guide enabling side-by-side comparison of local insights into pharmaceutical regulatory law (framework, authorities, … Read more

CMA alleges price fixing in relation to replica football kits

On 7 June 2022, the CMA issued a statement of objections (SO) concerning alleged horizontal and vertical price fixing in relation to certain Rangers FC-branded clothing products by Elite Sports, JD Sports and Rangers FC between September 2018 and July 2019. In this period, Elite both manufactured the Rangers-branded clothing and retailed it through its … Read more

New EU competition rules for vertical agreements enter into force on 1 June 2022

Following a comprehensive review and consultation process, the new revised EU vertical agreements block exemption Regulation (VBER) and Guidelines have now been published and will come into force on 1 June 2022.  The Commission’s stated objectives of the review process were to adjust the safe harbour under the VBER to eliminate false positives (where the … Read more

Wide ranging reforms to UK competition and consumer protection regimes unveiled

On 20 April 2022 the UK government published its response to the consultation launched in July 2021, proposing a wide range of far-reaching changes to the UK competition and consumer protection regimes (see our blog post on the consultation here). Taking into account the feedback received from stakeholders on the various proposals, the government has … Read more

HSF team publishes update on antitrust developments in APAC

We are delighted that our overview of recent activity, reforms and trends in relation to antitrust enforcement in the Asia-Pacific region has been published as part of the Global Competition Review Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2022. Our chapter summarises notable regulatory reforms and enforcement activity across jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region. Notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, the … Read more

HSF Competition team launches new “CRTea” podcast series

Welcome to our brand new “CRTea” podcast series, which will bring you the latest developments in Competition, Regulatory and Trade (“CRT”) law from across EMEA and beyond. In this rapidly-evolving regulatory landscape, these regular podcasts will provide practical insights from our network of specialists (and maybe some special guests along the way) in a digestible, … Read more