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Dublin 22nd april – CCPC to conduct phase 2 investigation of Uniphar acquisition of navicorp.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) announced that it has decided to carry out a full Phase 2 investigation into the proposed acquisition of pharmacy solutions business, NaviCorp Limited, by healthcare services provider, Uniphar Plc. Following an extended Phase 1 investigation, the CCPC has determined that a full investigation is required in order to establish if the proposed transaction could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the State.

University College Cork 21st April – Patrick massey addresses 8th Annual Sports economics workshop.

Compecon Director, Patrick Massey, addressed the 8th Annual Sports Economics Workshop organised by the UCC Centre for Sports Economics and Law. He spoke about competition between sports leagues in the early decades of English football. Following its launch in 1895, the Northern Rugby Football Union, which became the Rugby League, adopted a number of rule changes designed to speed up the sport and make it more attractive to fans, in response to the growing popularity of soccer. Soccer’s Football League aggressively recruited clubs in Rugby League strongholds in the early 1900s. He also described how the Football League merged with rivals, the Football Alliance in 1892 and the Southern League in 1920.


Sport, Business & Management 11th April – Economic analysis of uRC published.

An economic analysis of the United Rugby Championsip (URC) by Compecon Director Patrick Massey and Dr Vincent Hogan of UCD has been published in Sport, Business & Management journal. The analysis concludes that the URC, which began as the Celtic League in 2001, has been reasonably successful, although several member teams have closed down and the majority remain dependent on their national rugby unions for financial support. Click here to access the article.

Dublin 7th April – CCPC to Investigate Tesco Acquisition of Joyce’s Supermarket.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) announced that it had decided to carry out a full Phase 2 investigation into the proposed acquisition by Tesco Ireland Limited of sole control of Patrick C. Joyce Supermarket (Headford) Unlimited Company. Following an extended Phase 1 review, the CCPC has determined that a full investigation is required in order to establish if the proposed transaction could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the State.


Brussels 15th March – EU Commission Announces Searches of Automotive Firms.

The EU Commission announced that it had carried out unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies and associations active in the automotive sector. The inspections and subsequent requests for information concern possible collusion in relation to the collection, treatment and recovery of end-of-life cars and vans which are considered waste.

Brussels 11th March – EU Commission invetigate Google and meta.

The EU Commission announced that it has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether an agreement between Google and Meta (formerly Facebook) for online display advertising services may have breached EU competition rules. The investigation concerns a September 2018 agreement, which Google code-named “Jedi Blue”, between Google and Meta for the participation of Meta’s Audience Network in Google’s Open Bidding programme. The Commission is concerned that the agreement may form part of efforts to exclude ad tech services competing with Google’s Open Bidding programme, and therefore restrict or distort competition in markets for online display advertising, to the detriment of publishers, and ultimately consumers.


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