UK: Competition Weekly Email Alert – 28 April 2010

Last Updated: 29 April 2010
Article by Paul Stone

In the News

OFT issues statement of objections to Cathay Pacific Airways and Virgin Atlantic regarding alleged price fixing. To read the press release, click here.

The OFT has issued its first advice under the Short-form Opinion process, which aims to provide firms with clarity on novel or unresolved competition law issues. To read the press release, click here.

European Notifications and Publications

Mergers Invitation to Comment

  • COMP/M.5781: Total Holdings Europe S.A.S./ERG SPA/JV – production of oil and natural gas, petroleum products. Interested parties should submit their comments by 2 May 2010. To read the notification, click here.
  • COMP/M.5805: 3i/Vedici Groupe – investments, management of private health establishments. Interested parties should submit their comments by 1 May 2010. To read the notification, click here.
  • COMP/M.5816: Oaktree/Aleris – investment funds, production and sale of aluminium rolled and extruded products. Interested parties should submit their comments by 2 May 2010. To read the notification, click here.
  • COMP/M.5843: Eli Lilly/Certain Animal Health Assets of Pfizer – research, discovery, development and sale of pharmaceutical products for humans and animals, animal health. Candidate for simplified procedure. Interested parties must submit their comments by 7 May 2010. To read the notification, click here.
  • COMP/M.5811: Erste Bank/ASK - banking and financial services. Interest parties must submit their comments by 7 May 2010. To read the notification, click here.
  • COMP/M.5803: Eurovia/Tarmac - production and sale of asphalt and aggregates. Interested parties should submit their comments by 4 May 2010. To read the notification, click here.

Mergers Cleared

  • COMP/M.5745: AkzoNobel/Rohm and Haas powder coatings business – production and marketing of paints, performance coatings, speciality chemicals, powder coatings. To read the press release, click here.
  • COMP/M.5797: State Street Corporation/ Intesa Sanpaolo Servizi Transazionali S.p.A. and Sanpaolo Bank S.A. – financial services, global custody services, fund administration services, securities lending, foreign exchange. To read the press release, click here.
  • COMP/M.5724: Suez Environnement /Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona. To read the press release, click here.


  • Androulla Vassiliou speech: "The Lisbon Treaty and Sport – a new EU agenda". To read the speech, click here.
  • Joaquin Almunia speech: "Cooperation and convergence: competition policy in the 21st century". To read the speech, click here.


  • The European Commission has approved proposed commitments by Visa Europe to address competition concerns as to its multilateral interchange fees for debit card payments. To read the press release, click here.

UK Notifications and Publications


  • British Telecommunications plc v Office of Communications (Mobile Call Termination). The CAT has published the Judgment of the Court of Appeal. To read the judgment, click here.

Mergers – Invitation to Comment

  • Asda Stores Limited/Co-operative Group Limited – groceries retail. Interested parties should submit their comments by 6 May 2010. To read the notification, click here.

Mergers Cleared – Subject to Acceptance of Undertakings

  • GB Oils Limited/Brogan Holdings Limited – the OFT is considering undertakings in lieu of reference. To read the press release, click here.

Mergers – Full Text Decisions

  • Cartonplastgroup Holding SA/certain assets of the Demes Business Unit of DS Smith plc – plastic layer pads rentals. To read the full text decision, click here.
  • Heineken NV/Emprex Cerveza – beer brewery. To read the decision, click here.


  • Ofcom has published an update note in relation to its own initiative investigation into Continental Telecom LTD - adherence to its Code of Practice governing sales and marketing, its conduct relating to the transfer of customers between communications providers, compliance with GC13, 24 and the UTCCRs. To read the update, click here.
  • The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published a note which states its intention to keep the Association of Train operating Companies' Code of Practice under review. To read the note, click here.
  • The High Court has ruled on an application by the British Standards Institution to strike out action claiming breach of EU and UK competition law. To read the decision, click here.

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