The impact of the war in Ukraine on Trade Policy

    The war in Ukraine will change the world in many ways. One change that deserves more attention is how it is impacting trade policy and thus changing trade flows and creating trade opportunities. The evolving content of Western sanctions is tracked on our Sanctions Notes pages. In this note we will look at the legal … Read more

    The long-awaited Procurement Bill goes before Parliament: 10 key features

    The much-anticipated Procurement Bill was laid before the UK Parliament on 11 May and has already received its first reading in the House of Lords. Once enacted, the Bill will overhaul the existing regulations governing the award of public and utility contracts in the UK (other than Scotland). These outgoing regulations are based closely on … 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

    Africa Competition Law Update

    HSF AFRICA MERGER TOOL LAUNCHING SOON We will soon be launching an informative guide on the current state of merger control competition regulation across Africa. The effective regulation of competition continues to be a key development focus in Africa, especially as Africa remains a growing foreign investment destination. Merger regulation regimes have been implemented in various countries … Read more

    Amendments introduced to the proposed EU Foreign Subsidies regime: a stricter and more effective framework?

    In 2021, the European Commission issued a proposal for a far-reaching new Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the EU market (the “proposed Regulation“). The proposed Regulation has now passed a key procedural milestone on the path to adoption. On 25 April 2022, the EU Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (“INTA Committee”) unanimously voted in favour … 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