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Double Vision: Why all business people should note the CMA’s decision on Ophthalmologists

Alex Haffner |

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has arguably been one of the busier UK regulators during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the past week alone, it has issued three separate competition law infringement decisions with fines totalling £6.7 million. The first two were against musical instrument manufacturers and a retailer, each of whom were found […]


Fladgate advises Zouk Capital on CIIF’s joint venture with Liberty Global

Graham Spitz, Yulia Leyko, Tim Wright, Mike Tremeer, Neal Todd, Alex Haffner, Gemma Grunewald, Joshua Bennett, Eleanor Green |

Fladgate LLP has advised Zouk Capital, the manager of the UK Treasury’s Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF), on CIIF’s joint venture with multinational telecommunications company Liberty Global (to be called Liberty Charge) which will roll out on-street residential electric vehicle charging points in the UK. CIIF is the dedicated fund established by the UK Government […]


NHSX publishes new standard for digital health technology

Tim Wright, Alex Haffner |

NHSX recently published a draft Digital Health Technology Standard[1] aimed at streamlining the way health innovations such as apps and other digital tools are reviewed and assessed by the NHS.  The new standard is particularly important against the current background of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the use of technology in aiding the […]


COVID-19: doing business with India in troubled times

Tim Wright, Mythily Katsaris, Alex Haffner |

Setting the scene The Indian Government imposed a complete lockdown for 21 days from 25 March 2020 under The Disaster Management Act, 2005. Further, most Indian state governments have classified Covid-19 as an `epidemic disease` in order to invoke the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. The effect is to give municipal corporations and local authorities the […]


Fladgate advises gaming innovator Playzido on its multi-investor fundraising round

Jamie Hamilton, Alex Haffner, Joshua Bennett, Eleanor Green |

Fladgate LLP has advised leading B2B gaming platform Playzido on its successful EIS-qualifying equity fundraising round involving 11 new investors and on related arrangements with its founding shareholders Endemol Shine Group, Black Cow Technology and Carmichael Holdings. Playzido operates an open B2B platform in the online gaming sector, and supplies a remote gaming server to […]


Edtech - finding a way to lead students through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond

Alex Haffner, Tim Wright, Ravi Goonesena, James Earl |

Schools, universities and other educational providers, as well as students and their families, are facing serious disruption resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The EdTech sector already offers a vast array of possible solutions. To harness this potential in the medium-longer term, it is clear that suppliers need to be able to rise to the challenges […]


Ping's online sales ban rules out of bounds (again) under the competition law rules

Alex Haffner |

On 21 January 2020, the Court of Appeal handed down a decision upholding a 2017 decision by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that Ping had infringed competition law in preventing its authorised resellers from offering golf clubs for sale over the internet. In so doing, the Court of Appeal has re-affirmed the basic […]


Competition and Markets Authority using merger control to get their FANGS into US tech companies

Alex Haffner |

Whilst the power wielded by the FANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) is the subject of incessant debate, recent announcements by the UK competition regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) indicate a new battlefront may be opening up. Earlier this week, the CMA announced it was considering whether or not Google’s acquisition of Looker […]


Fladgate sponsors the inaugural Women in Sport edition of Everything In Sport

James Earl, Alex Haffner |

Fladgate is delighted to sponsor the inaugural Everything In Sport, Women Edition conference and in particular to be sponsoring the PowerPlay track at the event. The Firm will also present the Innovation / Technology Contribution in Women’s Sport 2019 award at a dinner to be held after the second day of the event. To be […]


Facebook’s Libra under the regulatory spotlight

Alex Haffner |

In June Facebook announced to much public fanfare that it intends to roll out a new digital currency called Libra for use in 2020, allowing its users across the globe to make online financial transactions. It has quickly become clear that Facebook faces a significant battle to ensure that the Libra project does not become […]


Fladgate advises Ocado Ventures on groundbreaking indoor farming joint venture

Eddie Powell, Hamilton Forrest, Alex Haffner, Alex Taylor, Jamie Hamilton, Luke Morris |

Fladgate was delighted to advise the corporate ventures arm of Ocado Group, the world-leading online grocer and developer of innovative infrastructure solutions on its partnership and investment in Infinite Acres, a full-service solution provider for indoor farming. Infinite Acres sees Ocado Ventures partnering with the Cincinnati, Ohio-based indoor farming specialist 80 Acres Farms and the […]


Fladgate advises Odyssey Investment Partners Portfolio Company on ‘bolt on’ acquisition

Graham Spitz, Gemma Grunewald, Alex Haffner, Mike Tremeer |

Fladgate was delighted to advise Odyssey Investment Partners in relation to a ‘bolt on’ acquisition of Essentra Security on behalf of their portfolio company, Digital ID. Digital ID is a leading ID card company specialising in the sector for over 25 years. The acquisition of Essentra Security, a recognised supplier of ID card printers, further […]