Focus Antitrust - 7 October 2020
In The News
European Commission fines car parts suppliers €18 million in cartel settlement
The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of €18 million for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars. Click here.
CMA opens investigation into Essential Pharma’s withdrawal of supply of medicine
The CMA has opened an investigation to assess whether Essential Pharma’s proposed withdrawal of the supply of a medicine amounts to an abuse of a dominant position. Click here.
General Court dismisses appeal against European Commission prohibition in HeidelbergCement/Schwenk/Cemex merger case
The General Court has dismissed the appeal against the European Commission prohibition of the acquisition by HeidelbergCement and Schwenk Zement, through their 50/50 full-function joint venture Duna-Dráva Cement, of two Cemex subsidiaries in Hungary and Croatia. Click here.
Ofgem issues statement of objections to PayPoint
Ofgem has issued a statement of objections to PayPoint, a company that provides over-the-counter payment services to prepayment energy customers in the UK, in relation to exclusivity clauses in its contracts with energy suppliers and retailers. Click here.
- The European Commission has approved Worldline's acquisition of Ingenico, subject to conditions. Click here.
- The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Conserve Italia for participation in the canned vegetables cartel. Click here.
- The CMA has accepted undertakings in lieu of a reference from Ardonagh to unwind its recent purchase of Bennetts, a rival supplier of motorcycle insurance services. Click here.
Sponsor Licence Compliance: Key considerations & how to be audit ready
Join us for the third in our series of mini webinars on post Brexit immigration about sponsor licence compliance.
The Future of Property Careers
Join to our panel discussion and Q&A with industry leaders on the range of opportunities within the property and construction sector.
New tax on property developers - consultation paper published
The government published a consultation paper on the design of the new residential property developers tax.
Procuring modular housing: Is MMC becoming mainstream?
Is Modern Methods of Construction becoming mainstream? Read what it means for Development and Procurement here.
Dual class share structures: how do they work and what are the pros and cons?
Dual class share structures allow a shareholder, for example the founder, to retain voting control over a company.
Q&A: Talking the telecoms talk
Georgina Muskett and Jonathan Wills answer queries on Electronic Communications Code agreement.
Property Patter: Navigating the complexities of Pharmacy Property
Pharmacy property is a specialist area which contains many traps for the unwary.
COVID-19 Vaccination – can an employer make it compulsory for employees?
We review what legal issues to take into account when considering to make vaccination compulsory as an employer.
Music to our ears? Well, perhaps not for Apple.
A feud first began when the music streaming giant, Spotify, filed a complaint against music streaming provide rand competitor, Apple Inc.
Linking ESG and Executive Pay
How does a business go about embedding a focus on strong ESG performance into the structures and culture of its organisation?
National Security and Investment Act granted Royal Assent
The Act establishes a new regime for the review of mergers, acquisitions and other transactions that could threaten national security.
Recent Trends In Firewall Legislation: BVI, Bermuda And Gibraltar
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Waverton on acquisition of Cornerstone Asset Management
Established in July 2010 and with offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Cornerstone offers wealth management and financial planning advice.
What do the new Debt Respite Scheme Regulations mean for Landlords and Tenants?
This will provide legal protection from creditors in the form of either a breathing space or a mental health crisis moratorium.
Charles Russell Speechlys promotes five to Partner
The promotions are effective 1 May 2021 and are accompanied by one Legal Director and 15 Senior Associate promotions.
Risk allocation in commercial leases: the High Court considers rent suspension, insurance and frustration arguments
Read our summary of the full judgement on the latest Covid arrears case.
Charles Russell Speechlys boosts private wealth offering with the hire of an international tax team
Robert Reymond will be joined at the firm by Leigh Nicoll, Emma Tyrrell and Oliver Cooper.
Proposed Takeover Code Amendments – Key Changes
The Consultation Paper has now been followed by a corresponding response paper which made certain modifications to the initial proposals.
Competition and Markets Authority announces review of the EU vertical agreements block exemption
The UK Competition and Markets Authority is reviewing the future application of the EU vertical agreements block exemption in the UK.
Playing Copycat – Why have M&S begun legal action against Aldi over Colin the Caterpillar?
M&S’s chocolate caterpillar was the first of its kind to land on our supermarket shelves, over 30 years ago.