Focus Antitrust - 19 September 2018
In The News
Government publishes guidance on how competition law would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal
The Government has published a guidance notice, setting out how merger and competition law investigations would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. Click here.
CMA fines Heathrow £1.6 million for restricting parking prices
The CMA has fined Heathrow airport £1.6m million for restricting competition on parking prices in a lease with Arora, the operator of a Terminal 5 hotel. The lease included a clause restricting how parking prices should be set by Arora for non-hotel guests. Click here.
CMA refers Sainsbury’s/Asda merger for phase 2 investigation
The CMA has referred the proposed merger between J Sainsbury PLC and Asda Group Ltd for an in-depth phase 2 investigation. The CMA will investigate issues raised during its phase 1 investigation relating to grocery retailing, fuel, general merchandise (such as clothing) and increased buyer power over suppliers. Click here.
Articles 101 and 102
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) colluded in breach of Article 101 to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel passenger cars. Click here.
The CMA has announced that it is considering undertakings in lieu of a reference offered by CD&R Fund IX (which indirectly controls the Motor Fuel Group) in relation to the acquisition of MRH (GB) Limited. Click here.
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Charles Russell Speechlys advises Coinbase on debit card venture
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