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.
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?
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
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
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Grape Paradise on the acquisition of a fine wine business
Charles Russell Speechlys has advised Grape Paradise on the acquisition of the Sarment Group in the China Mainland territories.
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.
Collateral Warranties – Are they also a ‘Construction Contract’?
What are collateral warranties and what do they mean for your construction contracts? Read more here.