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Focus Antitrust - 1 June

Competition Weekly Email Alert 

In The News

CMA issues statement of objections to model agencies and their trade association

The CMA has issued a statement of objections to five model agencies (FM Models, Models 1, Premier, Storm and Viva) and their trade association (the Association of Model Agents).  The CMA alleges that the agencies agreed to exchange confidential, competitively sensitive information, including future pricing information, and in some instances agreed a common approach to pricing.  Click here.

CMA issues statement of objections to galvanised steel tank suppliers

The CMA has issued a statement of objections to 5 galvanised steel tank suppliers.   This follows the settlement announced in March 2016 where 3 of the suppliers admitted to having agreed to fix prices and to rig bids for contracts between 2005 and 2012.  Click here.


Articles 101 and 102
  • The European Commission has found that Italian abrasives producer Pometon S.p.A. breached Article 101 by participating in a cartel to coordinate steel abrasives prices in Europe. The Commission has imposed a fine of €6.2 million.  In April 2014, the Commission adopted a settlement decision concerning the participation in the same cartel of Ervin, Winoa, Metalltechnik Schmidt and Eisenwerk Würth.  Pometon chose not to settle and consequently the investigation continued under the normal cartel procedure.  Click here.
  • The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of SABMiller by AB InBev. The clearance is conditional on AB InBev selling almost all of the SABMiller beer business in Europe.  Click here.
  • The European Commission has approved the acquisition of building materials group Italcementi by HeidelbergCement, subject to conditions.  Click here.


  • The CMA has accepted varied undertakings from Centrica and Centrica Storage Limited (CSL) relating to the Rough gas storage facility.  This follows the CMA’s final decision that they should be varied, which was published in April.  Click here.

For more information please contact Paul Stone on +44 (0)20 7203 5110 or at paul.stone@crsblaw.com