European In-house Counsel Summit highlights

Author: Danielle Myles, Tom Young | Published: 22 Feb 2016

Increasing antitrust enforcement and doubt over M&A insurance are top of European in-house concerns

As pressure on external counsel fees increases, so does the pressure on the in-house lawyer, who is often left grappling with new rules, deal structures or policy shifts. That was the message from speakers during IFLR's European In-House Counsel Summit in London on January 28. Among those concerns was changing tactics in M&A – on both the acquirer and seller side, UK antitrust enforcement and rising dispute resolution worries.

CMA caseload nearly doubles

Competition was a key concern among panellists. The UK's antitrust watchdog has quietly increased its enforcement effort over the past three months, indicating a desire to shed its reputation as a toothless regulator. Given many small and medium-sized (SME) businesses don't understand the nuances of competition law, it's creating a perfect storm for their compliance advisers.

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