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Focus Antitrust - 21 February 2018

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European Commission fines maritime car carriers and car parts suppliers a total of €546 million in three separate cartel settlements

In three separate decisions, the European Commission has fined four maritime car carriers €395 million, two suppliers of spark plugs €76 million, and two suppliers of braking systems €75 million, for taking part in cartels. All the companies involved agreed to settle the cases. Click here.

European Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed merger between Praxair and Linde

The European Commission has opened an in-depth phase 2 merger investigation to assess the proposed merger between Praxair and Linde. The Commission is concerned that the merger may reduce competition in the supply of a number of gases, including oxygen and helium. Click here.


The CMA is proposing to refer Mole Valley's purchase of the retail arm of Countrywide Farmers for a detailed phase 2 investigation, unless the parties offer suitable undertakings in lieu of a reference. The CMA found that the merger could reduce competition in relation to country stores in 45 local areas. Click here.

This article was written by Paul Stone. For more information, contact Paul on +44 (0)20 7203 5110 or at

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