Legal and Regulatory

Spotlight – Competition & Regulation 12/12/14

12 December 2014

Weekly Alert

In the News

Energy – Capacity Auctions Challenge


Mergers Cleared – Subject to Conditions

M.7326: Medtronic/Covidien

Mergers Invitation to Comment

M.7276: GlaxoSmithKline/Novartis vaccines business (excl. influenza)/Novartis consumer health business

M.7275: Novartis/GlaxoSmithKline oncology business


Merges – In Depth Investigations

M.7421: Orange/Jazztel

Competition General

EC welcomesthe Cooperation Agreement with Switzerland coming into force

The “Google Breakup” resolution

Carles Esteva Mosso speech: “EU Merger Control: The Big Picture”

EC sends Statement of Objections to Pometon S.p.A. over suspected participation in steel abrasives cartel

Alexander Italianer speech: “The Object of Effects”

EC fines five envelope producers in cartel settlement


ACER decision: “Framework Guidelines on Harmonised Gas Transmission Tariff Structures”

ACER Work Programme 2015 published

United Kingdom


Xchanging and Agencyport

CMA publishes non-confidential version of care home medicine cartel case decision

David Currie speech to the Law Society's Competition Section

Alex Chisholm speech: “The Role of Competition in Banking Markets”

Alex Chisholm speech: “Giants of digital: separating the signal from the noise and the sound from the fury”

Property sales and lettings investigation

Mergers Invitation to Comment

InterCity Railways Limited/InterCity East Coast Franchise

The Coca-Cola Company/Monster Beverages Corporation

Completed Merger Investigations

Ticketmaster Europe Holdco Limited/Seatwave


British Telecommunications PLC v Office of Communications (Ethernet Determinations); (1) Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (2) Virgin Media Limited and (3) Verizon UK Limited v Office of Communications (Ethernet Determinations); (1) British Sky Broadcasting Limited and (2) TalkTalk Telecommunications Group plc v Office of Communications (Ethernet Determinations). The CAT has published the Supplementary Judgment (Consequential Directions, Costs and Permission to Appeal)

Groupe Eurotunnel S.A. v Competition and Markets Authority; The Société Coopérative de Production SeaFrance S.A. v Competition and Markets Authority

Electronic Communications

Ofcom: “Strategic Review of UHF Spectrum 420-470 MHz: UHF Bands 1 and 2”


Ofgem: “Energy Company Obligation 2015-2017 (ECO2): ECO2.2”


FCA publishes annuities sales practices and retirement income market findings


Ofcom: “Royal Mail Access Pricing Review - Proposed amendments to the regulatory framework”