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Focus Antitrust - 10 February

10 February 2016

In The News

European Commission gives conditional clearance to acquisition of mobile network operator BASE by Liberty Global

Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, the European Commission has approved the acquisition of BASE by Liberty Global. The approval is conditional on the implementation of commitments which are intended to ensure that a new mobile virtual network operator will enter the Belgian retail mobile market. Click here.

Aircraft de-icing fluids merger faces in-depth investigation

The CMA has announced that Clariant’s anticipated acquisition of Kilfrost’s de-icing fluids business will be referred for an in-depth phase 2 merger investigation by the CMA, unless suitable undertakings in lieu of a reference are offered. Click here.


  • Following an in-depth phase 2 review, the European Commission has approved the acquisition of office supplies distributor Office Depot by Staples, subject to the divestment of Office Depot's contract distribution business in Europe and entire business in Sweden. Click here.


  • The CMA has published a number of further decisions on whether to remove or retain remedies resulting from 10 past merger investigations. Click here.
  • The Competition Act 1998 (Public Transport Ticketing Schemes Block Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2016 has been published (SI 2016/126). The Order amends the block exemption which exempts certain types of transport ticketing agreements from Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998. Click here.

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