11 November 2022
Higher penalties and strengthened unfair contract terms regime under amendments to Australian Competition and Consumer Law
The Federal Government has amended the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) to increase maximum penalties for contraventions of Australia’s competition and consumer laws and strengthen the unfair contract terms ( UCT ) regime in the Australian Consumer Law. This is what you need to know.
07 September 2022
CONSORTIA AND COMPETITION LAW
Kyriakos Fountoukakos (EMEA Regional Head of Competition, Regulation and Trade) and Kian O'Connell (Legal Stagiaire) in our Brussels office have recently co-authored an article on EU competition law considerations in relation to consortia, published by Competition Policy International .
31 May 2022
Competition Law and Sustainability
Our competition team has recently published an article in Practical Law on competition law and sustainability (see here for subscribers and here for a hardcopy of the article) covering the current state of play of sustainability in the context of competition law in several key jurisdictions.
28 April 2021
Key learnings from ACCC v Google (No 2) for disclosing data practices
The Federal Court has handed down its decision in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Google LLC (No 2)  FCA 367. The decision is important as it shows the continued acceptance by the Federal Court of expert evidence in the field of behavioural economics as a foundation for...
02 June 2020
General Court Landmark Ruling in Three/O2 Commission Prohibition
On 28 May 2020 the General Court handed down its ruling in CK Telecoms UK Investment Ltd v European Commission (Case T-399/16) in which it annulled the EU Commission’s decision which prohibited the proposed acquisition by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd (Hutchison) of Telefónica Europe plc (O2). The...
12 May 2020
Full Federal Court dismisses ACCC’s appeal against Pacific National’s intermodal terminal acquisition
The Full Federal Court has dismissed the ACCC’s appeal in respect of its case against Pacific National and Aurizon. 1 In dismissing the ACCC’s appeal, the Full Federal Court confirmed the test to be applied when assessing whether a firm’s conduct will be likely to have the effect of substantially...
09 April 2020
Exploring Opportunities: Managing competition issues whilst allowing businesses to collaborate (Australia)
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rush of applications to the ACCC seeking to authorise coordination as between competitors which might otherwise contravene provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act ( CCA ) .
01 April 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: The CNMC launches a whistleblowing/ enquiries tool for competition law matters related to the COVID-19 outbreak (Spain)
The CNMC bolsters its online whistleblowing hotline to pursue anticompetitive conduct in any sector, although with a special interest in the medical equipment, funeral and cremation services sectors. An enquiries platform is also launched so that operators can make competition law enquiries to the...
10 December 2019
The ACCC pilots its first ‘effect test’ in misuse of market power proceedings
On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power. The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two...
30 September 2019
ACCC’s inquiry into the supply of retail FX services – Final Report
On 2 September 2019, the ACCC released the final report of the ACCC’s inquiry into the supply of foreign currency conversion services ( FX services ) in Australia (the Report ). The ACCC concluded that Australian consumers are paying too much for FX services because of confusing, inconsistent...
25 June 2019
The view from Brussels - Can the Backstop be Renegotiated?
Both candidates to be leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore to be UK Prime Minister, have vowed to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement and in particular the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. Meanwhile in Brussels, the EU-27 (meeting in Euro summit format) has just reiterated, again,...
26 March 2019
Accessing a deregistered policyholder’s cover, and the need to consider exclusions carefully in context
A recent case 1 in the financial services sector illustrates that: A counterparty being deregistered is not the endpoint for insurance claims. Claimants can access liability insurance policy proceeds even when the policyholder is in liquidation and deregistered. Exclusions should be carefully...
25 January 2023
M&A STANDPOINT: Formal sale processes: A useful tool to solicit offers or a last resort?
FSPs were created to encourage a competitive and confidential sale process under the Takeover Code, but often they may signal that a company has run out of options. However, a number of companies have elected to launch FSPs in recent months, so when is an FSP is the right choice for a company?
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Automotive Electric and digital revolutions still drive M&A
The automotive sector is currently experiencing two inflection points at the same time: an electric vehicle revolution, as the industry transitions from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) including battery electric vehicles (BEV) as part of the wider...
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Consumer 2022 was a challenging year compared to 2021
M&A in the consumer sector slowed throughout 2022 as compared to the buoyant trends in 2021. Macro-economic issues and global headwinds have meant a tougher environment for consumers, particularly with record-breaking inflation adding to the cost of living and turning the screws on household...
23 January 2023
How hard is it? The Takeover’s Panel consults on guidance for exclusivity granted at the non-binding bid stage
Following two Takeovers Panel decisions that found pre-deal exclusivity and other deal protection arrangements to be unacceptable, the Takeovers Panel has now commenced consultation on proposed new guidance on deal protection granted in respect of non-binding proposals. Most importantly, the...
19 January 2023
Register of overseas entities - the countdown is on
The countdown for overseas owners of property in the UK to comply with the tightened register regime following the government's clampdown on economic crime is nearing its conclusion, with less than two weeks to go until the deadline for the submission of applications to Companies House (31 January...
16 January 2023
Corporate Governance snapshot: Preparing your annual report and AGM notice in 2023
This snapshot summarises the key developments and issues arising over the last 12 months which impact the 2022 annual report and the AGM in 2023. For further information or to obtain a copy of our briefing on preparing your annual report and AGM notice in 2023, please email one of the Corporate...