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Industrial policy strikes again: Germany announces further tightening of Foreign Investment Control rules

For M&A transactions in Germany and beyond, Foreign Investment Control screenings have become an indispensable standard element to assess when structuring deals and planning for regulatory review. Similarly to merger control, acquirers and sellers need to consider the impact of the increasing number of jurisdictions that might want to review their proposed transaction. In the

Individuals as Whistleblowers

Cartels are by their nature hard to uncover and regulators rely – to a large part – on appealing to companies’ wallets. Immunity and leniency policies, by which regulators offer to whistleblowing companies full immunity or discounts from fines, have been around for a long time. An increasing number of regulators have now added another

Digital competition policy on the move: Price algorithms in the German Monopolies Commission’s spotlight – European Commission launches consultation process

Price algorithms are clearly the “talk of the town” in the European competition law community these days. Just last week, the German Monopolies Commission published a report in which it discusses potential anti-competitive effects of price algorithms and proposes far-reaching amendments to the competition law enforcement framework. Meanwhile, the European Commission has announced a consultation

Open Government National Action Plan aims to increase transparency in government over the course of 2016-2018

Following a Conservative manifesto commitment in 2015 to increase transparency in government, the Cabinet Office has published the UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-2018. This is the third National Action Plan (“NAP“) since the United Kingdom co-founded the Open Government Partnership in 2011, which now includes 69 countries. The new NAP makes 13 commitments

Freedom of Information Act 2000 is “generally working well”: The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information reports positive change in public sector culture

The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information (the “Commission“) has published its report on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA“).  After extensive written responses to a call for evidence and two days of oral evidence, the report has surprised commentators by not recommending any major changes to the existing freedom of information regime to

Cabinet Office Announces Commission to Review Freedom of Information Legislation

The Cabinet Office has recently announced that a cross-party commission is to look into the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) in light of apparent concerns that sensitive information is not being sufficiently protected. FOIA was introduced under the last Labour Government, coming fully into force on 1 January 2005, and allows a private citizen

The UK Bill of Rights Commission publishes its report

On Tuesday, the independent Commission established in March 2011 published its report on its investigation into the creation of a UK Bill of Rights to the Government. As expected, following a second consultation and the resignation of one of its members, the Commission is divided in its opinions and has been unable to offer a