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

Highlights from the 11th annual GCR Live Competition Litigation Conference

We were delighted to host the annual GCR Live Competition Litigation Conference at our London office yesterday, which explored key current themes in competition litigation in an interactive discussion panel format. Christopher Bellamy QC opened the conference with an insightful keynote address. This was followed by a series of discussions involving a distinguished line up … 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

CMA requires reversal of integration steps pending investigation into Bottomline/Experian Payments Gateway merger

On 6 August 2019 the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published an unwinding order requiring the reversal of post-completion integration steps taken in the completed acquisition by Bottomline Technologies Limited (Bottomline UK) of Experian Limited’s Experian Payments Gateway business (the EPG business). The order is intended to restore the market position to what it … Read more