CMA launches market study into the electric vehicle charging sector in the UK

The CMA has today (2 December 2020) launched a market study into the electric vehicle charging sector in the UK. The study will consider two broad themes: how to develop a competitive sector while also attracting private investment to help the sector grow; how to ensure people using electric vehicle chargepoints have confidence that they … Read more

The UK gears up for Public Procurement outside the EU

The Government continues to prepare the ground for the regulation of public procurement after the Brexit transition period expires on 31 December 2020.  On 19 November it enacted the Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020) (PPAR 2020).  These amend the existing UK procurement regulations in order to reflect the fact that the UK … Read more

UK Government endorses the CMA’s recommendations for pro-competitive measures in online platforms and digital advertising

On 27 November 2020, the UK Government published its response to the CMA’s recommendations set out in its final report of its market study into online platforms and digital advertising (the “Final Report”). The Government broadly endorses the CMA’s recommendations, though it identifies the need for further evidence and analysis before granting the full scope … Read more

The European Commission fines Cephalon and Teva €60.5 million in its fourth “pay-for-delay” decision

The European Commission (EC) has fined Teva and Cephalon a total of €60.5 million for concluding a “pay-for-delay” settlement agreement that delayed the market entry of a generic version of modafinil (a drug used for sleep disorders). “Pay-for-delay” agreements, whereby a generic company agrees to restrict or delay its independent entry into the market in … Read more

CJEU confirms Pirelli’s parental liability in Power Cables Cartel

On 28 October 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) dismissed in its entirety an appeal brought by Pirelli & C. SpA (Pirelli) against a General Court ruling which confirmed Pirelli’s joint and several liability in the 2014 power cables cartel. The CJEU confirmed the General Court’s findings that the Commission was entitled … Read more

Handle with care: Sensitive personal data in antitrust investigations

“Documents which are not linked to Facebook Ireland Ltd’s business activities and which contain sensitive personal data shall be placed in a virtual data room which shall be accessible to as limited a number as possible of members of the team responsible for the investigation”. On 29 October 2020, in two identical orders, 1  the … Read more

Partial win for JD Sports in the CAT on Covid-19 grounds

JD Sports has partially won its appeal against the CMA’s prohibition decision of its acquisition of  Footasylum, on a number of grounds which relate to the CMA’s failure to adequately take into account the impact of Covid-19 on the transaction. Read more

What does the UK’s new national security investment screening regime mean for investors?

On 11 November 2020 the UK Government introduced the National Security and Investment Bill (NSI Bill) to Parliament, setting out significant legislative reforms which will overhaul the review of transactions and investments on national security grounds in the UK, against a backdrop of tightening of foreign direct investment (FDI) regimes globally. If passed, the NSI Bill will … Read more