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On 1 April 2015, the FCA obtained new competition powers, thereby joining other global regulators that also have competition powers. Set out below are thoughts from Allen & Overy’s market leading investigations and anti-trust teams on competition issues in financial services investigations.

Global trends in antitrust enforcement

The Allen & Overy Global antitrust enforcement report reviews antitrust enforcement around the world, including cartels, vertical arrangements and abuse of dominance/monopolisation cases. The report looks at key statistics for a number of major jurisdictions in 2020, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the data and on antitrust authorities’ investigative practices. Fewer dawn Read More

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Global cartel enforcement: Where is it heading in 2017?

Depending on how you choose to read the mid-year statistics, 2017 is either trending towards record high or record low fine totals for global cartel enforcers. Fine totals in the first half of 2017 are at USD1.64bn. But this figure is heavily influenced by nearly USD1bn in fines the European Commission re-imposed on air cargo Read More

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Collective class actions: is it easier for claimants to establish harm in follow on actions?

The Consumer Rights Act 2015’s (the Consumer Rights Act) introduction of a regime in the United Kingdom (UK) for opt-in and opt-out collective proceedings has been well publicised. The availability of a procedural mechanism through which private competition law claims can be pooled and pursued by an authorised representative may well heighten the litigation risk Read More

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The FCA’s Business Plan 2017/2018: Key themes

Earlier this week, on 18 April 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) published its Business Plan for 2017/2018 setting out the FCA’s activities and priorities for the coming year. At the same time the FCA published its Mission (see our previous blog post on the FCA’s consultation on its Mission here) and, for Read More

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Now published: Allen & Overy’s global cartel enforcement mid-year report for 2016

Global cartel fines are significantly behind where they were this time last year, despite a strong performance by enforcers in Asia Pacific. Fines imposed for the first half of 2016 total just USD1.1 billion as compared to the USD3.17bn in fines imposed last year at the half-year mark. The slumping mid-year statistics are attributable to Read More

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