Focus Antitrust - 8 April 2020
In The News
ECJ confirms agreements can have both object and effect of restricting competition
The ECJ has issued a judgment confirming that an agreement can have both the object and effect of restricting competition for the purposes of Article 101. Click here.
CMA publishes update on Digital Markets Taskforce
The CMA has published an update on the Digital Markets Taskforce, indicating that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressures it is placing on many key groups of stakeholders including businesses, the CMA has decided not to publish a formal consultation seeking views and evidence on different aspects of its work or proceed with plans for extensive stakeholder engagement at this time. Click here.
European Commission publishes guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses in response to urgent situations during the coronavirus outbreak
The European Commission has published a Temporary Framework Communication to provide competition law guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to the coronavirus outbreak. Click here.
• The European Commission has approved the acquisition of the European catering business of LSG by Gategroup, subject to conditions. Click here.
- The CMA is proposing to refer Kingspan’s anticipated purchase of Building Solutions for a detailed phase 2 merger investigation, unless the parties offer suitable undertakings in lieu of a reference. The CMA considers that the merger raises competition concerns in the supply of specialist insulation panels. Click here.
- The CMA has requested the European Commission to investigate the anticipated acquisition by Mastercard Incorporated of parts of the corporate services business of Nets A/S and the European Commission has announced that it has accepted the request. Click here.
- The CMA is proposing to refer the completed merger between private hospital operators Circle and BMI for a detailed phase 2 merger investigation, unless the parties offer suitable undertakings in lieu of a reference. The CMA has found that the merger could reduce competition in two local areas. Click here.
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Mind your business: Safeguarding your business against loss of mental capacity
Practical considerations to safeguard your business against loss of mental capacity.
FT Wealth quotes Sarah Anticoni on forum shopping
"Being the first to file for divorce is not a foolproof way of securing an English hearing"
What can UK investors interested in Life Sciences learn from their more experienced, including US, counterparts?
The recent tie-up between Canary Wharf and Kadans demonstrates the enthusiasm to access the lucrative UK life sciences market.
Helen Coward writes for Tax Journal on the main purpose test for SDLT group relief
Mainly ignored? The main purpose test for SDLT group relief
The Ayes have it - Collateral Warranties can be a ‘Construction Contract’
The Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the case of Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Limited v Simply Construct (UK) LLP
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Caretech Holdings PLC on its proposed £870.3 million take private
Charles Russell Speechlys is advising the independent board of Caretech Holdings PLC, in its take private sale to Amalfi Bidco Limited.
Charles Russell Speechlys advising Battery Ventures on the sale of SPT Labtech for £650 million.
Battery Ventures has raised over $9 billion to invest in software and services, enterprise infrastructure, and much more around the world.
Windrush Day 2022 – supporting access to justice
Charles Russell Speechlys is proud to continue supporting survivors of the Windrush scandal in their fight for justice.
The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022: Landlords and developers beware serious sanctions for non-compliance
The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 8 February 2022 and will come into force on 30 June 2022.
EG quotes Emma Preece on the Picturehouse and BNY Mellon rent arrears cases
“The case is being closely watched by landlords and tenants alike as the impact of the pandemic lives on in the commercial property sector”
Charles Russell Speechlys has advised long-standing client Stonegate on a series A investment into Peckwater Brands
Stonegate is one of the largest pub companies in the UK with a rich portfolio that covers over 4,500 sites.
Pro bono support for major office premises move for charity in Stoke-on-Trent
Emmaus entities provide safe homes, community support and meaningful work to formerly homeless people across the UK.
ITV takes the plunge and “couples up” with Ebay to dress love island contestants in pre-loved clothing
Reporting Restriction Order (reprised) - "Where there is no publicity there is no justice."
Financier Worldwide quotes Rachel Warren on the UK’s Economic Crime Act
Evaluating the UK’s Economic Crime Act
Julia Cox and Felicity Chapman write for International Adviser on the rise of pre-nups in the UK
Julia Cox and Felicity Chapman write for International Adviser on the rise of pre-nups
Property Patter: Reasonable Endeavours
What does it mean to use ‘best’, ‘all’ or ‘reasonable’ endeavours?
Could the UK’s Life Sciences Vision be restricted by its Immigration Policy?
We explore some of the visa options that may be open to businesses in the sector and their relative pros and cons.