Focus Antitrust - 21 April 2021
In The News
CMA issues joint statement on merger control with Australian and German competition authorities
The CMA has issued a joint statement on the need for rigorous merger control together with the Australian and German competition authorities. Click here.
Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds Roland RPM fine and revokes settlement discount
The Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed Roland’s appeal against the fine imposed by the CMA as part of its investigation into resale price maintenance of electronic drumkits. The Tribunal also revoked the settlement discount granted to Roland. Click here.
CMA issues provisional findings on FNZ/GBST merger following remittal
The CMA has provisionally found that the merger between FNZ and GBST would raise competition concerns. This follows remittal of the case to the CMA after the parties appealed the CMA’s original decision. Click here.
- The CMA is inviting comments on national security considerations in relation to the anticipated acquisition by NVIDIA Corporation of Arm Limited, following the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport issuing a public interest intervention notice (PIIN) on the ground of national security. Click here.
- The CMA is proposing to refer Bellis’ purchase of Asda for a detailed phase 2 investigation, unless the parties offer suitable undertakings in lieu of a reference. Click here.
Online safety – 2022 begins with regulatory developments in both the UK and the EU
Last week saw developments within the UK and EU in their attempts to ensure online businesses do more to address illegal online content.
To flex or not to flex: comparing traditional offices with flexible office space
Is Buy Now, Pay Later creating a new debt crisis?
BNPL providers are quick to claim that their services are offered with “no interest and no fees”, but is this really the case?
Social Tokens: What are the regulatory challenges in the UK?
Social tokens are one of the latest innovations in the crypto space and have grown significantly in recent years.
PRA to further scrutinise cloud computing in 2022
National Security and Investment Act comes into force
The Act has established a new regime for the review of mergers, acquisitions and transactions that could threaten national security.
Richard Davies and Rahim Hirji write for the American Bar Association on tattoos, athletes and image rights
LeBron James. Zlatan Ibrahimović. Mike Tyson. What is the common factor?
Sarah Rowley appears in the Apollo and Charles Russell Speechlys’ art law series on the future of museum governance
Are the responsibilities and duties of museum boards in the UK the same as they were, say, 20 years ago?
Sports Business: Five Current Themes
Nick White goes early with his thoughts on this year's Sports Business themes.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Puma Private Equity on their investment into Everpress
Puma Private Equity offers a wide range of award-winning investments that help to support investors.
Lloyd v Google – Supreme Court to deliver judgment tomorrow (on 10 November 2021) – a reminder of the issues at stake
Fairhurst v Woodard: Property audio and video surveillance system breached GDPR
A recent judgment from Oxford County Court raises significant questions about the increasing use of smart doorbells and cameras.
Top 5 Data Protection Tips
Jonathan and Marc-Us explore the top 5 data protection tips
Can machines be inventors?
Will JP Morgan’s digital only Chase launch shake up the UK retail banking sector?
Chase is JP Morgan’s consumer brand and is one of the largest retail banks in the United States with over 4,700 branches.
Who? Where? What on earth is an “NFT”!?
An NFT is a “Non-Replaceable Token” meaning only one of its type can ever be created and recorded on the blockchain it is connected to.
How does the FCA Cryptoasset AML/CTF Regime affect UK cryptoasset businesses?
With the notable exception of security tokens, the majority of cryptoassets remain unregulated in the United Kingdom.
Closing the Cookie Jar
Opportunistic claims for misuse of online tracking cookies are on the rise. Proactively ensuring compliance is key to avoiding claims.
Regulating AI – the impact of two key recent proposals: the UK’s National AI Strategy and the EU’s proposed Artificial Intelligence Regulation
With the hype surrounding artificial intelligence continuing to gather pace, we pause and consider some of the proposed regulatory changes.
Review of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport consultation
On 10 September 2021 the Department of Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a consultation titled ‘Data: a new direction’.