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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.
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.

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.

Building for the future

Julia Court discusses the opportunities and challenges facing the UK’s construction industry in light of robust growth predictions in Builder & Engineer.

FCA’s Changes to the Sponsors Regime: Sponsor Competence and Further Consultation

On 26 September 2014, the FCA published CP14/21, a feedback and policy statement arising out of CP14/02.

Advocate General Opinion on Specific Mechanism

Advocate General Jӓӓskinen has issued his Opinion in a reference from the Court of Appeal concerning obligations under the Specific Mechanism.

Spanish Competition Authority commences infringement proceedings in the rail freight transport sector

The Spanish Competition Authority has started infringement proceedings against 8 companies operating in the rail freight transport sector in Spain.

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