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

Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation

Our newly updated report on Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation is now available. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) filings are an increasingly important piece of the regulatory jigsaw for cross-border M&A. Against a background of mounting protectionist rhetoric, countries traditionally open to investment (such as the US, UK and Australia) are moving towards … 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

Hot off the press: HSF overview of collective damages claims in competition cases in the UK published in GCR Guide to Private Litigation

We are delighted that our overview of collective damages claims in competition cases in the UK has just been published as part of Global Competition Review’s new Guide to Private Litigation. The Guide includes 21 chapters written by leading practitioners, exploring in depth the key themes raised in competition litigation across the globe. We are … Read more

CMA imposes yet another fine for failure to comply with document requests under Section 109 Notices

The CMA today published a penalty notice addressed to Sabre Corporation in the context of its anticipated acquisition of Farelogix Inc, for its failure to comply with two Section 109 Enterprise Act Notices.  The anticipated acquisition is currently being examined by the CMA after its Merger Intelligence Committee identified the transaction as requiring further investigation … Read more

Secretary of State intends to accept undertakings in connection with the proposed acquisition of Inmarsat by Connect BidCo

On 9 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (SoS) announced that she is intending to accept undertakings offered by the parties to the proposed acquisition of British satellite operator Inmarsat plc by Connect BidCo (a private-equity led Consortium including equity funds based in Canada). This deal has been closely … Read more