Matthew Hall Pens Antitrust Article, Quoted in GCR

January 20, 2017

Brussels partner Matthew Hall published an article and was quoted in another analyzing separate developments announced by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA): punishment of an executive for a competition breach by the company he directs, and the expected clearance of an acquisition because the company adequately addressed all competition concerns.

For the February 2017 issue of Corporate Briefing, published by Singlelaw, Hall wrote an article titled “First UK Director Disqualification for Competition Law Breach,” describing the disqualification of Trod Ltd’s then-managing director, who will not act as director of any UK company for five years. Matthew noted that this development shows CMA’s continuing push to punish individuals — not just companies — for anti-competitive behavior.

Hall also was quoted in a Jan. 18 Global Competition Review article, “CMA to clear Mastercard/VocaLink with Phase I behavioural remedies,” discussing CMA’s intent to clear this acquisition. Matthew said in the article that the proposed remedies follow a trend of regulators considering and sometimes accepting “very bespoke conditions for clearance.”