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

Roland Brandman, Nick Wood, Anthony Reeves, Miles Crawford, Gideon Dabby-Joory, Adam Baker, Alex Haffner |

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

Thomas Edwards, Alex Haffner |

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

Thomas Edwards, Alex Haffner |

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

Alex Haffner |

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

Alex Haffner |

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

Ben Milloy, Alex Haffner |

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

Eddie Powell, Alex Haffner |

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 […]

Restrictions in lease agreements: Competition law matters

Alex Haffner |

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has settled a competition law investigation into its lease agreement with a hotel operator, Arora.[1]  The settlement was reached on the basis that HAL accepted it had breached the competition law rules, paid a fine of £1.6 million, and removed the offending […]

Partnering with celebrity chefs: How to get it right first time

Alex Haffner |

Hotels have long recognised the value that on-site restaurants can bring to their offering.  They are increasingly joining forces with celebrity chefs to forge partnerships aiming to run restaurants of distinction and culinary sophistication. Such ventures work best when they are framed as a genuine partnership, designed to ensure that the joint brand is worth […]

Fladgate advises Abbey Hotels (Bath) Limited on signature Marco Pierre White and Pierre Koffmann restaurant

Alex Haffner |

Fladgate advised Abbey Hotels (Bath) on the negotiation and signing of a contract with Black and White Limited on behalf of the world renowned chefs Marco Pierre White and Pierre Koffmann. Under the deal, the two chefs will put their name to a signature restaurant at the Abbey Hotel Bath, due to open in September 2018. […]

Fladgate advises Fore Fitness on the sale of 13 easyGym sites to The Gym Group

Anthony Reeves, Stephen Lewis, Alex Haffner, Mike Tremeer, Ian Brent |

Fladgate have advised Fore Fitness on the sale of 13 easyGym sites to The Gym Group. The initial consideration is £20.6m, with an additional £4.1m payable when lease extensions are agreed on two sites. Fore Fitness is to focus its operations on the easyGym franchise model going forward. The deal was completed within an intense […]

New panel win for Fladgate’s Sports Business Group

James Earl, Alex Haffner |

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has invited Fladgate LLP to join its new legal panel following a competitive tender process. The legal panel will be comprised of four law firms which, together with in-house Legal Counsel Rod McKenzie, will service all of the SPFL’s diverse legal requirements. Alex Haffner, who will act as the […]