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OFT’s first review of NHS Foundation Trust merger
  • Nabarro LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 10 2013

The Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) review of a merger between two NHS Foundation Trusts is the first of its kind following the enactment of the Health


Antitrust rules on patent and know how agreements under review
  • Nabarro LLP
  • European Union
  • December 16 2011

On 6 December 2011, the European Commission announced its review of the antitrust rules on assessment of technology transfer agreements which includes patent, know-how and software licensing.


Italian authorities get their hands on airline merger after a three year postponement
  • Nabarro LLP
  • Italy
  • December 16 2011

The Italian competition authority launched a long-delayed investigation into the Alitalia-CAI merger to determine its impact on the profitable Rome-Milan route and 17 other destinations.


Copper cartel participant’s human rights appeal rejected by ECJ
  • Nabarro LLP
  • European Union
  • December 16 2011

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected arguments by two participants in a copper cartel that the General Court infringed community law and their fundamental right to a fair trial by failing to carry out an adequate review of the Commission’s decision.


Fines imposed as refrigerator cartel participants settle
  • Nabarro LLP
  • European Union
  • December 16 2011

The Commission has imposed fines totalling 161m on four producers of refrigeration compressors for operating an illegal cartel.


OFT considers market reference into the private healthcare market
  • Nabarro LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 16 2011

Following an initial review and report the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is proposing to ask the CC to undertake a detailed investigation of the competition in the £5bn privately funded healthcare services market.


Commission opens formal antitrust proceedings in e-book publishing sector
  • Nabarro LLP
  • European Union
  • December 16 2011

The European Commission has opened formal antitrust proceedings to investigate whether five international publishers (Hacette Livre, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Macmillan) engaged in anti-competitive, illegal agreements for the sale of e-books.


The OFT’s case goes up in smoke
  • Nabarro LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 16 2011

The Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) handed down a judgment on 12 December 2011, in which it refused to permit the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to alter and refine its case against members of an alleged tobacco cartel.


Emergency bank aid rules extended again!
  • Nabarro LLP
  • European Union
  • December 16 2011

Due to prolonged financial tension caused by the sovereign debt crisis, the Commission has extended the temporary state aid crisis framework to assess public support to financial institutions.


Commission erroneously evaluated tender on the basis of bidders’ experience
  • Nabarro LLP
  • European Union
  • December 16 2011

The General Court (GC) has criticised the European Commission’s basing of the award of a contract on the criterion of the tenderers’ experience in breach of procurement rules which require experience to be assessed at the selection stage.