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UK Antitrust Watchdog Proposals Would Bolster Enforcement

Law360 (May 1, 2019, 3:13 PM EDT) -- On Feb. 21, 2019, the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, at the U.K. government’s request, set out "wide-ranging and radical" proposals to reshape U.K. competition enforcement and consumer protection.[1]

These are proposals at the very earliest stage, and they remain far from becoming government policy. Still, the CMA has been vocal in positioning itself as a consumer champion and ties this effort to its role within a post-Brexit U.K. Some of these proposals may therefore have traction. If enacted, they would represent a step change in U.K. antitrust enforcement.

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The proposals mark a significant intensification of merger control and antitrust...

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