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Construction sector warned by the CMA to compete not cheat

27 Feb 2020
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched its "Cheating or Competing?" campaign this week, and specifically named the Construction Sector as one which needs to "get its house in order". The sector is no stranger to Competition Enforcement action by the CMA and its predecessor the Office of Fair Trading. In 2009, Construction Businesses were the subject of perhaps the largest Competition Enforcement case by the UK Competition Authorities involving more than 100 businesses accused of cover bidding.

Brexit: the impact on merger filings

05 Feb 2020
The UK has formally ceased to be a member of the EU. We now have a transition period, until 31 December 2020, during which the UK will adhere to existing EU Rules including the EU Competition Rules. Businesses need to be aware that the "EU One Stop Shop" for transactions which fall under the EU Merger Regulation, will cease to apply to the UK at the end of the transition period, meaning that qualifying transactions may be scrutinised both by the EU Commission and by the Mergers Branch of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

An online restriction too far

28 Jan 2019
The EU Commission has published its decision fining clothing brand, Guess, €40m.  Guess admitted its wrongdoing and was rewarded with a 50% discount off the fine.

WBD hosts first Informed Counsel Conference in London and Newcastle

06 Dec 2018
With two days packed full of actionable insights, together with topical legal and regulatory updates on the latest developments in commercial law, our inaugural Informed Counsel Conference gave GCs, Deputy GCs, Heads of Legal and their teams the opportunity to bounce questions off our experts and to network with their peers.

Price monitoring back in the spotlight: consumer goods manufacturers fined over €100 million

03 Aug 2018
We thought we should make you aware of a recent development in the Retail and Consumer Goods space. The EU Commission has imposed fines totalling more than €100 million on the consumer goods suppliers, Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer. Each of these businesses had taken steps to discourage online retailers from selling their products at prices which the suppliers felt were too low

New competition partner for Womble Bond Dickinson

23 May 2018
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has recruited competition partner Andrij Jurkiw from Mishcon de Reya where he was Head of Competition. Andrij specialises in UK & EU Competition Law and works across all sectors with particular experience of the FMCG, food, building materials, basic chemicals, recruitment, pharma, real estate, technology and transport sectors.