Significant amendments to UK merger control regime targeting foreign investment

The UK government has announced two significant amendments to the UK merger control regime, intended to enhance its powers to scrutinise certain foreign direct investment (“FDI”) into the UK, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and wider national security concerns. These amendments come ahead of the National Security and Investment Bill (“NS&I Bill”), which … Read more

The impact of COVID-19 on competition law in the consumer sector (UK, Australia and Asia)

The Covid-19 health crisis raises substantial challenges for businesses and consumers and has had a significant impact on competition law affecting the consumer sector. While the particular implications will vary by jurisdiction, some common trends may be identified. One broader development is that competition authorities have recognised that certain forms of temporary cooperation between businesses, … Read more

COVID-19 and foreign direct investment regulation – drawbridges continue to rise in response to the pandemic

Foreign direct investment (“FDI”) regulation has featured increasingly on the radar for cross-border M&A, against a backdrop of amplified protectionist rhetoric. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of countries which have traditionally been seen as open to foreign investment were moving towards stricter public interest and FDI scrutiny of transactions (such as the UK, … Read more

COVID-19: PRESSURE POINTS: NEW GERMAN FDI RULES (GERMANY)

Germany is continuing to tighten its FDI regime: A current amendment to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (AWV) brings new filing obligations for several case groups. The AWV amendment clearly focuses on the health sector as a direct consequence of the COVID-19-pandemic. It aims to contribute to the permanent maintenance of a functioning … Read more

Public Procurement Podcast Series

We are pleased to share with you this podcast series where our procurement law experts discuss hot topics and live issues in the field of public procurement. We take a look at the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on public procurement procedures and disputes and litigation in the field of public procurement in the UK: Read more

UK Government adopts Competition Act Exclusion Order for the dairy sector

A new Competition Act Exclusion Order, the Competition Act 1998 (Dairy Produce) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion ) Order 2020 (the Dairy Exclusion Order) came into force on 1 May 2020.  Under the Competition Act 1998 (Schedule 3 paragraph 7) the Government can exempt certain specified agreements from the Chapter I prohibition if there are exceptional … Read more

COVID-19 Pressure Points: managing competition issues whilst allowing businesses to collaborate (Australia)

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rush of applications to the ACCC seeking to  authorise coordination as between competitors which might otherwise contravene provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA). The ACCC has responded quickly and dedicated significant staff to assess these applications. As of 8 April 2020, the ACCC has made 16 COVID-19 interim … Read more