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Focus Antitrust - 22 August 2018

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CMA refers airport services merger for in-depth phase 2 investigation

The CMA has referred Menzies’ purchase of Airline Services for an in-depth phase 2 merger investigation. The CMA found that the merger raised competition concerns regarding de-icing services at Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Heathrow airports, and ground handling services at London Gatwick and Manchester airports. Click here.

Ofcom fines Royal Mail £50m for abuse of dominance

Ofcom has fined Royal Mail £50,000,000, after finding that the company abused its dominant position by discriminating against Whistl, a competitor delivering letters. Click here.


  • The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between Praxair and Linde. The approval is conditional on a number of divestitures to address concerns in relation to the supply of industrial gases, medical gases and related services, specialty gases and helium.  Click here.


  • The CMA has provisionally found that JLA’s purchase of Washstation is likely to lead to competition concerns in student laundry services.  Click here.    
  • The CMA has issued its final report in relation to the merger between European Metal Recycling and Metal Waste Recycling, ordering the parties to sell a number of scrap metal recycling yards.  Click here.
  • Ofcom has opened a Competition Act investigation into suspected market sharing and customer allocation arrangements between operators in the business parcel delivery sector.  Click here.

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