Compecon News Archive 2016.
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Dublin 21st April - CCPC Drops Kerry Appeal.
The Competition and Consumerr Protection Commission announced that it has decided not to pursue its Supreme Court appeal in relation to Kerry Foods acquisition of Breeo Foods. The CCPC's predecessor, the Competition Authority blocked the merger in 2008 but this decision was overturned on appeal to the High Court in what is the only appeal against a decision by the CA/CCPC since responsibility for deciding on mergers was assigned to it in July 2003. According to media reports the CCPC is to pay half of Kerry's High Court costs. Compecon advised Kerry on the transaction.
Brussels 20th April - Commission Informs Google of Android Concerns.
The European Commission announced the preliminary findings of its Google investigation. The Commission's preliminary view is that Google has abused its dominant positiion by implementing a strategy on mobile devices to preserve and strengthen its dominance in general internet search. First, the practices mean that Google Search is pre-installed and set as the default, or exclusive, search service on most Android devices sold in Europe. Second, the practices appear to close off ways for rival search engines to access the market, via competing mobile browsers and operating systems. In addition, they also seem to harm consumers by stifling competition and restricting innovation in the wider mobile space. The Commission's concerns are outlined in a Statement of Objections addressed to Google and its parent company, Alphabet. Sending a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.
London 6th January - CMA Clears NI Rendering Merger.
The UK Competition and Markets Authority announced that it had cleared the acquisition of Ulster Farm By-Products by Linergy without conditions following a Phase 2 investigation. Both parties are engaged in animal rendering but the CMA concluded that the transaction had not resulted and was not expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition. Compecon advised the merging parties in this case. Click here for further details.