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The UK's Autumn Statement 2013

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the 2013 Autumn Statement today. As last year, the UK Government had to balance competing political and economic tensions, especially with an election less than 18 months away.
Unlocking the Asian Century: a wave of investment into UK and European real estate

The wave of investment from China and other growth economies is only just beginning, according to King & Wood Mallesons International Head of Real Estate Bryan Pickup.

Scotland votes No to independence, but Yes to more devolution

After a long campaign, a record number of Scottish residents voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. However, as made clear by leaders of the UK's three main political parties, the No vote is not a vote for the status quo, but a vote for more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

European Commission refers four merger cases to the French Competition Authority

The European Commission has recently referred four mergers to the French Competition Authority for further examination.

Infringement proceedings opened in Spanish sanitary product price-fixing investigation

The Spanish Competition Authority has opened infringement proceedings against 15 companies involved in the manufacturing and supply of absorbent products.

ECJ overturns ‘object’ finding in Cartes Bancaires card-fees case

The European Court of Justice has rejected a ruling by the General Court that pricing measures were ‘by object’ restrictions of competition under EU law.

MasterCard loses ECJ appeal over interchange fees

The highest European Court has dismissed MasterCard’s appeal challenging a finding that its EEA cross-border interchange fees restricted EU competition law.

Digital industries likely to form part of Vestager’s in-tray

Outgoing Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia has highlighted enforcement in the digital industries as a key challenge facing the Commission in the future.

Patents Court invalidates Symbicort patent on the grounds of obviousness

The Patents Court finds a patent for asthma treatment invalid on the ground of obviousness

Reducing the impact of the EIA Directive – they said it couldn’t be done

Simon Ricketts, joint-head of UK Real Estate, says the proposed lifting of EIA screening threshold is good news for developers and local authorities in a column for Planning.

Completion accounts - getting what you paid for

When buying or selling a business, staying closely involved in the detail of the agreement is critical to securing the deal that you think you’ve made.

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