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Focus Antitrust - 2 September 2015

2 September 2015

In The News

CMA to consider proposed undertakings for bowling merger

The Original Bowling Company has offered to sell six bowling alleys to address competition concerns triggered by its purchase of Bowlplex.

This follows the CMA’s announcement last month that its proposed acquisition of Bowlplex may result in a substantial lessening of competition in six areas where the companies both run ten-pin bowling facilities.

The CMA has decided that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the proposed undertakings, or a modified version of them, might be accepted by the CMA instead of a more detailed phase 2 merger investigation.

The CMA now has until 27 October 2015 to consider whether ultimately to accept the undertakings, or a modified version. It can extend this deadline if there are special reasons for doing so. Click here.



The CMA has announced that, following consultation and having taken into account the submissions of a number of parties, it has decided to review the Northern Ireland Personal Current Account (PCA) Order.

The review will consider whether there has been any change of circumstances such that any of the provisions of the order should be varied or revoked. Click here.

The CMA has published an issues statement as part of its inquiry into Linergy’s completed acquisition of Ulster Farm By-Products. Click here.

For more information please contact Paul Stone on +44 (0) 207 203 5110 or at paul.stone@crsblaw.com