Competition Law Bulletin

    View Authors July 2011

    We are pleased to publish the July 2011 Competition and Regulatory Bulletin which contains a summary of recent developments in EU and UK competition law. Here is a brief overview of this months bulletin:

    Mergers

    • European Commission clears Myllykoski acquisition
    • Ready meals merger referred to the Competition Commission
    • Thomas Cook/Co-op joint venture provisionally approved by Competition Commission
    • Competition Commission provisionally clears treasury management services merger
    • OFT applies de minimis exception to medical gas business acquisition
    • News Corporation/BSkyB inquiry formally closed

    Antitrust

    • European Commission issues Statement of Objections in alleged power cables cartel
    • European Commission closes investigation into Boehringer Ingelheim
    • European Commission investigates abuse of dominance in Czech electricity market
    • European Commission investigates abuse of dominance by Austrian waste management company

    Market Investigations

    • BAA airports sell-off order confirmed
    • OFT provisionally refers audit market to Competition Commission

    Litigation

    • Judgments from the General Court in synthetic rubber cartel appeals
    • Judgments from the General Court in elevators and escalators cartel appeals
    • CAT clears OFT to review Ryanair stake in Aer Lingus

    Regulatory

    • BEREC calls for contributions on legal and administrative barriers to the provision of communications services for the business segment
    • BEREC publishes report on infrastructure and spectrum sharing in mobile/wireless networks
    • Commission sends letters of formal notice to 20 EU Member States
    • Ofcom publishes final determination in sub-loop unbundling charges dispute
    • Ofcom issues statement on charge control for wholesale broadband access
    • Electronic Communications Code set for review
    • Ofcom final determination on dispute between Openreach and Opal and Sky about local loop unbundling charges
    • Average UK broadband speed up 10 percent since December

    View the full Competition Bulletin (PDF)

    If you require further information or advice in relation to any item reported, please get in touch with either of us.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Diarmiud Ryan
    Partner
    Direct Line: +44 (0)20 765 1310

    Brian Hartnett
    Partner
    Direct Line: +32 2 627 1101