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.
Residential property developer tax: Draft legislation published and technical consultation launched
While a number of important issues have been addressed in the legislation, there is still a lot outstanding.
Strategic Planning for Modern Landed Estates
The second in our series of articles on succession planning for landed estates covering a wide variety of matters.
When can you set off claims against different elements of a project
The Court’s decision raises important drafting considerations for construction contracts involving multiple elements of a project.
Drafting terms and conditions or negotiating a contract? Be wary of "unusual" and "exorbitant" exclusion clauses
When drafting a set of terms and conditions, companies must adhere to the requirements contained in the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977
Stop, collaborate and listen: Top 10 Tips with Collaboration Agreements
Providing you with the top ten tips on collaboration agreements - what should you know?
Fiona Edmond and Mark Smith write for Property Week on data centres as an infrastructure asset class
The complexity of operational issues is something those new to the sector may not anticipate and interest is likely to increase.
Preparing your company for sale
We set out here some initial steps to consider in anticipation of a sale.
ESG investment and the challenges for trustees
What challenges does the ESG revolution present for trustees of private family trusts?
The impact of COVID-19 on commercial and residential tenancies
What impact has COVID-19 had on commercial and residential tenancies? Read more here.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises discoverIE on its acquisition of Antenova
discoverIE is a leading international designer, manufacturer and supplier of customised electronics to industry.
Q&A: Separate blocks, common parts and enfranchisement
Miriam Seitler and Lauren Fraser answer queries relating to leaseholders seeking to acquire the freehold.
2020: Influencer, 2021: Creative Director – what could go wrong?
Coded messages for landlords and tenants
“What does the code of practice mean for landlords and tenants? Read more here”
The family court’s role in micro managing 'trivial' disputes
The recent decision has dealt with the family court’s role in micro managing “trivial” disputes in relation to children
Gareth Mills writes for Lexology Getting The Deal Through on technology disputes in Bahrain
The most common disputes occur following perceived or actual failures to deliver required technology services an lack of clarity.
Taxing horizons and fiscal black holes
A super-massive black hole at the centre of the nation’s finances means that tax reform and rates rises look increasingly likely.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Acora on acquisition of Westgate IT
Westgate IT specialises in providing IT support to businesses in the South West.
Jason Saiban writes for Food Manufacture on the food industry's climate change challenge
The key challenge will be how the environmental targets are actually met.
Q&A: Wrestling with restrictive covenants
Camilla Lamont (barrister at Landmark Chambers) and Real Estate Disputes Partner Emma Humphreys answer a pair of covenant queries
Grab the tail by the horns - Why is tail spend so critical in today’s outsourced portfolio?
It’s usually invisible, but in all likelihood, you’ve got tail spend.