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Fladgate advises Seko S.p.A on the acquisition of the Brightwell Group

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Fladgate has advised Seko S.p.A, an Italian based global leader in the design and manufacture of dosing pumps and metering systems on the acquisition of the UK headquartered Brightwell Group. Brightwell is a designer and manufacturer of professional hygiene equipment and chemical dispensing and dosing systems. Brightwell is already active in 85 countries and will […]


Fladgate's Sports Business Group sponsors SportsPro Live 2019

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For the third year running, our Sports Business Group is pleased to announce our sponsorship of SportsPro Live 2019. SportsPro Live has established itself as the leading event that hosts the biggest influencers in the industry.


Fladgate advises Noozhoo Nokiiyan LP on its investment in Sonco Gaming UK Ltd

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Fladgate was pleased to act for Noozhoo Nookiiyan LP, the investment vehicle of Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, on its investment in Sonco Gaming UK Ltd.


CMA concerns for Sainsbury’s and Asda merger

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The merger between mega stores Sainsbury’s and Asda has been in doubt after the CMA raised a catalogue of concerns in its initial findings. The merge would create a ‘supermarket juggernaut’ overtaking Tesco in market share. The CMA has said if it were to allow the merger to proceed, “it could force the sale of […]


Property agreements in the Competition Law spotlight – again

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In September 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority issued its first ever fine (against Heathrow Airport Limited) in connection with a property agreement breaching the competition law rules . A recent “fast track” application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) looks to push the door further open to potential challenges to restrictions contained in property agreements.


Fladgate advises an off-shore group on a disposal and an acquisition

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Fladgate LLP has advised Parkside Investments Limited, a Jersey company, in connection with the acquisition of a large site in Hendon, north west London, for approximately £9.5m.  The site is used as a motor dealership and servicing centre and is let to Honda Motor Europe Limited.  The site represents a short term investment acquisition with […]


Guess fined by EU Commission for blocking Internet sales

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The fashion retailer, Guess, has been fined by the EU Commission for a breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which prohibits agreements between companies that prevent, restrict or distort competition within the EU’s Single Market. Guess operates a selective distribution system across the EEA, which is […]


Amazon Marketplace in the EU Competition spotlight

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The European Commission has launched an initial probe into Amazon over how it uses third party sellers’ data. In the past weeks this has been closely followed by an antitrust probe from the German Federal Cartel Office. One of the reasons Amazon is unique as a retailer is that it operates as both a merchant, […]


Brexit and Competition law: Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose

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While debate continues in Parliament as to deal with the current blockage around the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement, back in the “real” world, businesses need to plan for the various outcomes currently being left in the hands of the politicians.


CMA decision on Heathrow Airport lease agreement infringement published

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As previously reported (‘Restrictions in lease agreements: Competition law matters’) Heathrow Airport (HAL) recently found itself in the cross-hairs of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for having breached the competition law rules.  HAL was held to have included provisions in its head lease agreements with the hotel operator Arora which restricted Arora’s freedom to […]


Trimming away at online sales bans: the Stihl case

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In 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision in Coty delivered a boost for brand owners wishing to control, via selective distribution arrangements, the e-commerce platforms through which their products were sold to consumers (see ‘Coty scents competition law victory for brand owners’).  In its judgment the ECJ said that it could […]


Most Favoured Nations clauses back in the regulatory spotlight

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Last week the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced was minded to find against ComparetheMarket (CtM) (the company that increased our knowledge of meerkats) for enforcing “most favoured nation” clauses with home insurers that are anti-competitive.  If upheld, the CMA’s provisional ruling will result in the offending clauses being declared void and CtM could be […]