UK initiates its first “transition review” trade defence investigation: overview and further information on UK transitioned measures and associated reviews

On 10 February 2020, the UK initiated its first so-called “transition review” trade defence investigation. The investigation concerns EU anti-dumping duties imposed via Commission Implementing Regulation 2015/110 on certain welded tubes and pipes of iron or non-alloy steel originating in Belarus, China, and Russia. The current EU anti-dumping duties range from 10.1% to 90.6%.  They … Read more

Brexit – impact of the Withdrawal Agreement for merger control

On 31 January 2020, at 11pm GMT, the UK ceased to be a Member State of the EU and the transition period provided for in Article 126 of the Withdrawal Agreement started to run. This briefing looks at the provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement that are relevant for merger control, both during the transition period … Read more

Government publishes further competition Brexit legislation amending its original Regulations on competition law in order to address the issue of EU commitments relating to the UK

On 10 September 2019 the UK Government published the text of a second Competition Brexit SI, the Competition (Amendment etc.)(EU Exit)(No2) Regulations 2019 (the new Regulations) which make a number of changes to the original Competition (Amendment etc.)(EU Exit) Regulation 2019 (the principal Regulations).  The principal Regulations are discussed in an earlier blog post here. … Read more

The view from Brussels can the backstop be renegotiated

Both candidates to be leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore to be UK Prime Minister, have vowed to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement and in particular the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. Meanwhile in Brussels, the EU-27 (meeting in Euro summit format) has just reiterated, again, that “the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation”. In … Read more

Impact of a no-deal Brexit for merger control

In light of the recent Brexit developments in the UK a no-deal Brexit is increasingly looking like a possibility. This will have very significant implications for parties involved in M&A transactions. This is because, without a deal, the EU merger control regime will immediately cease to apply in the UK. Transactions can therefore be caught … Read more