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Takeover Panel tables M&A code overhaul – The Independent

“The Takeover Panel has moved a step closer to drastically overhauling its code as it seeks to remove the ‘tactical advantage’ for hostile bidders targeting UK companies.”

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The Independent, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Merger of Competition Commission and OFT meets with muted response – The Lawyer

“Competition lawyers have offered a lukewarm response to Government proposals to streamline and improve the UK’s competition regime.”

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The Lawyer, 16th March 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Opponents of News Corp takeover of BSkyB consider judicial review – The Guardian

“An alliance of media groups opposed to News Corporation’s takeover of BSkyB, including BT and the publishers of the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Guardian, are considering seeking a judicial review of the government’s approval of the deal on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ofcom ‘to review’ News Corp bid for BSkyB – BBC News

“The BBC has learned that Ofcom will be asked to review News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB once a formal offer is made.”

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BBC News, 15th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Competition Commission clears music biz merger – OUT-LAW.com

“The Competition Commission has given the all clear to a merger between two live music companies for the second time. Its first decision in the case was quashed by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).”

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th May 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Sky forced to slash ITV holding as court sets benchmark for corporate influence – OUT-LAW.com

“Pay TV company BSkyB has been told that it must follow the Competition Commission’s orders and sell over half of its stake in broadcaster ITV at a loss of around £500 million. The Court of Appeal backed the Commission’s ruling.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and another v Competition Commission and another – WLR Daily

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and another v Competition Commission and another [2010] EWCA Civ 2; [2010] WLR (D) 5

“In deciding whether or not the recommendation of the Competition Commission that a proposed merger should be prevented as contrary to the public interest, the Competition Appeal Tribunal was not required to exercise a greater intensity of judicial review than would be applied on a normal judicial review application. S 120(4) of the Competition Act 1998 required the appeal tribunal to apply the same principles as would be applied by a court on an application for judicial review. It would fly in the face of the section’s words if the tribunal, as a hyper-competent specialised tribunal, were required to undertake a more intensive review.”

WLR Daily, 21st January 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.


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