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Focus Antitrust - 24 February

24 February 2016

In The News

Ofcom closes investigation into supply of Sky Sports to BT

Ofcom has decided to close its investigation into a complaint from BT which alleged that the terms on which Sky offered wholesale supply of the channels Sky Sports1&2 to BT’s YouView platform amounted to an abuse of dominance. The complaint alleged that Sky was making their supply conditional on BT wholesaling BT Sport channels to Sky for retail on Sky’s satellite platform. BT has now obtained access to the channels on a non-reciprocal basis for its YouView platform. As this was the remedy sought by BT in the complaint, Ofcom considers that the principal risk to the interests of the consumers identified in the complaint has therefore been brought to an end. Click here.

CMA confirms aircraft de-icing fluids merger referral

The CMA has referred Clariant’s anticipated acquisition of Kilfrost’s de-/anti-icing fluids (ADF) business for an in-depth phase 2 merger investigation. On 9 February, the CMA announced that it would refer the merger for an in-depth investigation unless Clariant offered acceptable undertakings to address the CMA’s competition concerns regarding the supply of ADF in the UK. Clariant did not offer any undertakings in lieu. Click here.



The Competition and Markets Authority has signed revised memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with 6 regulators. The MoUs with Ofcom, Ofwat, Ofgem, the Office of Rail and Road, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation follow the publication of MoUs with the Financial Conduct Authority and the Payment Systems Regulator which were signed in December 2015. Click here.

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