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FCA consults on CRD IV: Are you an IFPRU or BIPRU firm?

Proposed changes to the FCA Handbook as published by the FCA in its consultation paper published on 31 July 2013.
Italian Competition Authority finalises protocols to improve consumer protection in the banking and insurance sectors

The Italian Competition Authority has signed two protocols that aim to strengthen collaboration and coordination in the Italian banking and insurance sectors.

English and Spanish Schemes of Arrangement - Optimising the Outcome

On 9 March 2014, new laws reforming the Spanish equivalent of a scheme of arrangement came into force.

Unified Patent Court: Update on German Ratification

The German Federal Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the ratification process in Germany is likely to continue throughout 2015.

The EU's Energy Efficiency Directive: more red tape for private equity firms, or a genuine opportunity?

The EU's Energy Efficiency Directive requires all “large enterprises” to carry out an energy audit at least every four years. Private equity firms may find that small companies are required to comply with the rule, being part of a private equity fund’s wider “group”.

Commission drops proceedings over alleged misleading information in paper merger

The European Commission has closed its proceedings into the suspected provision of misleading information in an EU merger review.

CMA seeks undertakings in magazines merger using new UK procedure

Following its Phase 1 decision, the Competition and Markets Authority is seeking remedies in a UK magazines merger to avoid a reference to Phase 2.

European Commission increases cartel enforcement in 2014

The European Commission has taken nine cartel decisions so far this year, doubling the number of cartel decisions taken in 2013, when only four cases where issued.

French Supreme Court reaffirms that fines for infringing competition law should be calculated individually and independently from the structure of the group to which an entity belongs

The French Supreme Court has reaffirmed that fines for infringing competition law should be calculated independently from the group to which an entity belongs.

Spanish Competition Authority fines wooden pallet cartel €5 million

The Spanish Competition Authority has adopted a decision fining 24 companies and one association of undertakings in the wooden pallet sector.

The Perils of a Sub-Contractor

Disputes in IT contracts are a rich source for the examination and development of the law on excluding and limiting liability.

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