Jurisdiction: UK

The march of the Random Penguin

January 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

There’s a new corporate marriage on the horizon, and the pre-nup has been signed on the dotted line.  In late October 2012, Penguin and Random House, two of the world’s largest English language book publishers,...

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UK Groceries Adjudicator to have extra bite

January 2, 2013 | 1 Comments

The UK parliament is progressing a bill to establish a new supermarket watchdog, the ‘Groceries Code Adjudicator’ (Adjudicator), to enforce the ‘Grocery Supply Code of Practice’ (Code). The UK government confirmed on 4 December 2012 that...

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Changes to the UK’s competition regime

October 16, 2012 | 1 Comments

On 15 March 2012, the U.K.’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced the UK Government’s highly anticipated proposal for reform to the UK competition regime.  Key announcements include: The merger of the Office...

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Google and the Art of War

October 9, 2012 | 1 Comments

Sun Tzu: Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops, must be decided by circumstances Google is busy fighting a war on multiple fronts, with antitrust investigations ongoing in the US, the EU, India, Argentina...

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Step-by-step

September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

The UK OFT has published new guidance on the setting of penalties for competition law infringements, reflecting its experience of applying penalties and recent judgments, international developments and comments from public consultation. The most recent...

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UK petrol stations under the pump

September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The crusades against petrol prices continue, with the UK OFT the latest regulator to take up the cause. Since at least February this year, the OFT has been fielding calls to investigate petrol retailers. It...

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Facebook’s billion dollar baby

August 16, 2012 | 1 Comments

The reasonably new “market” that is social networking has seen its first headline-making acquisition cleared by the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT).   The OFT has decided not to refer the acquisition by Facebook of Instagram to...

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The Cardiff Bus Decision is significant (particularly in the context of small markets) as it illustrates that, whilst conduct may be “of minor significance” and statutorily exempted from financial penalty by the OFT, there is...

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