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Focus Antitrust - 20 January 2016

20 January 2016

In The News

CAA confirms investigation into access to facilities at an airport
  • The CAA has confirmed that it is investigating suspected breaches of competition law concerning access to facilities for airport car parking operators in the UK. The investigation is being conducted under both Chapter I and Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998. Click here.
CMA clears BT/EE merger
  • The CMA has cleared BT’s anticipated acquisition of EE. This follows its provisional decision to clear the merger in October 2015. The CMA has decided that the merger is not expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition in any markets in the UK, including in relation to the supply of retail mobile, wholesale mobile, mobile backhaul, wholesale broadband and retail broadband services. Click here.


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  • The General Court has dismissed appeals brought by Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba against the European Commission's decision to re-impose fines for their participation in the gas insulated switchgear cartel, following annulment of the Commission’s original decision. Click here.
  • Following an in-depth phase 2 review, the European Commission has approved the acquisition of beverage can manufacturer Rexam by Ball, subject to the divestment of 12 plants in the EEA. Ten of these plants produce can bodies, whilst the other two others produce can ends. Click here.


  • The CMA has launched a market study into legal services in England and Wales to see if they are working well for consumers and small businesses. Click here.
  • The CMA has accepted undertakings in lieu of a reference in relation to the acquisition by LexisNexis of Jordan Publishing. Click here.
  • The CMA has referred Iron Mountain's anticipated acquisition of Recall for an in-depth phase 2 investigation. Click here.
  • The CMA has accepted undertakings from MRH in relation to its anticipated acquisition of 78 Esso service stations. Click here.

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