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Focus Antitrust - 9 March

9 March 2016

In The News

European Commission partially refers acquisition of certain UDG Healthcare businesses by McKesson to UK

The European Commission has partially referred the assessment of the proposed acquisition of certain businesses from UDG Healthcare plc of Ireland by McKesson Corporation to the CMA, at the latter's request. After a preliminary investigation, the Commission has found that the proposed transaction would threaten to significantly affect competition in certain markets in the UK. Those aspects will now be examined by the CMA. At the same time, the Commission has approved the part of the transaction affecting the European Economic Area (EEA) outside the UK. Click here.

CMA charges suspect in criminal cartel investigation into the supply of precast concrete drainage products

Barry Kenneth Cooper has been charged with dishonestly agreeing with others to divide supply, fix prices and divide customers between 2006 and 2013 in respect of the supply in the UK of precast concrete drainage products. The alleged arrangements related to the businesses Stanton Bonna (UK) Ltd, FP McCann Ltd, CPM Group Ltd and Milton Pipes Ltd. Click here.


  • The CMA has provisionally decided that undertakings relating to the Rough gas storage facility should be varied. The undertakings were first given by Centrica Storage Ltd and Centrica plc following Centrica plc’s acquisition in 2002 of the Rough gas storage facility and have been subsequently amended following Competition Commission reviews in 2006 and 2011. Click here.
  • The CMA has opened an investigation into a suspected breach of competition law in the pharmaceutical sector under Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Click here.
  • The CMA has published its final policy document as part of its competition policy project examining competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain. Click here.

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