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Foreign Investment and National Security: Stricter Controls Proposed by the EU and UK

Posted in Government, Investments
Within the last few weeks, both the EU and the UK have published proposals for greater screening and control of foreign direct investments (FDI) into their territories. In both cases, these proposals seek to balance the protection of critical national infrastructure and technology on the one hand and an open foreign investment environment on the… Continue Reading

UK Government Relaxes the Rules Restricting the Words Used in Company Names

Posted in Government
On 27 February 2013 the UK Government launched a consultation, the ‘Consultation on the Company and Business Names 2013’ (the “2013 Consultation“) to review the list of ‘sensitive’ names that companies must get approval for before they can be used.  Following the 2013 Consultation, the UK Government has decided to relax the rules restricting company… Continue Reading

Consultation on the New Public Sector Regulations

Posted in Government
The new Public Sector Directive 2014/24 (the New Public Sector Directive) on public procurement entered into force on 17 April 2014. This replaces Directive 2004/18. The New Public Sector Directive is accompanied by two other new directives, those for utilities and concession contracts respectively. Member States have two years to implement the New Public Sector… Continue Reading

The UK’s Defence Department turns to the private sector

Posted in Government
Written by Jacob B. Pankowski and Stephen C. Tupper As a general rule, high-value government contracts in the EU must not be awarded by public authorities without first complying with the detailed EU procurement rules designed to ensure non-discriminatory access to such contracting opportunities and “value-for-money” for public authorities and, ultimately, EU taxpayers. However, due… Continue Reading

Reform of the UK competition regime

Posted in Competition Law, Government
Written by Simon Harms and Lisa Navarro On 15 March 2012, the UK’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills (“BIS”) announced its plans for the reform of the UK competition regime. These proposals were crystallised on 23 May 2012 in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (the “Bill”). The proposals set out in the Bill… Continue Reading