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National Security and Investment Act: first Annual Report published

The UK Government has published its first Annual Report on the functioning of the recently implemented National Security and Investment regime, which gives the Government the power to...

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UK’s Vertical Agreement Block Exemption Order goes live - heralding a new age of vertical divergence?

The UK’s new Vertical Agreement Block Exemption Order (VABEO), the long awaited replacement to the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER – which was retained in the UK under ...

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UK competition reforms: new CMA powers confirmed

The UK Government recently announced a series of reforms for strengthening the UK competition regime, including measures that will increase penalties for non-compliance, speed up antitrust...

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UK Utilities regulation: a brave new world?

The UK Government has formally fired the starting gun on the refresh of its approach to economic regulation of the utilities sectors.

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Card-acquiring services: PSR’s remedies proposals aim to trigger merchant engagement

The PSR has published its planned remedies consultation following the final report of its card-acquiring services market review (November 2021). The remedies focus on addressing the root...

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(Solo self-employed) Workers of the World Unite! – EC draft guidance on application of competition law to collective bargaining

The European Commission has published draft Guidelines on the application of competition law to collective bargaining involving the working conditions of the “solo...

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Card-acquiring services: PSR to work on increasing searching and switching of majority of merchants

Due to its concerns that card-acquiring services might not be offering value for money for merchants, the PSR decided to conduct a comprehensive review of the card-acquiring sector...

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National Security and Investment Act: Nearly time for curtains up

There are just over two months to go until the National Security and Investment (NSI) regime goes fully live in the UK – now is the time to ensure you are up to speed on how it will...

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Gun-jumping: The EU General Court calls the shots

The EU General Court has issued the latest judgment in a suite of hard-line anti-gun-jumping cases – effectively confirming the European Commission’s 2018 decision imposing a...

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