Organisation: Competition and Markets Authority (UK)

CMA refines assessment of Microsoft/Activision Blizzard

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has narrowed its concerns about Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, warning that the deal will significantly restrict competition in the cloud gaming sector but not in the games console market as previously outlined.

24 March 2023

CMA set to prioritise labour market enforcement

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has said it plans to identify and “clamp down” on illegal conduct in labour markets, a month after releasing guidance on no-poach agreements.

24 March 2023

DMU head previews divergence between UK and EU digital regulation

The “participative approach” of the UK’s forthcoming digital markets legislation will give third parties a say in creating tailored obligations and designing remedies, the director of the country’s Digital Markets Unit has said.

24 March 2023

UK dental merger avoids in-depth look after offering divestments

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has approved a merger that is set to create the country’s largest privately focused dental group, subject to the divestment of 15 practices to address its concerns in local markets.

24 March 2023

CMA issues first major cartel fines in over a year

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined 10 construction companies over £59 million for rigging bids for asbestos removal contracts worth over £150 million.

23 March 2023

CMA official returns to Brunswick

Stuart Hudson has returned to Brunswick Group nearly four years after leaving the consultancy to become a senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

23 March 2023

CMA demands remedies in Broadcom/VMware to avoid Phase II probe

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has told Broadcom that it must offer remedies to avoid an in-depth probe of its €56.5 billion purchase of cloud software company VMware after finding the merged entity could foreclose hardware competitors.

22 March 2023

Apple accused of thwarting disclosure again in UK class action claim

Claimants in a £1.5 billion class action claim against Apple have urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to order the iPhone maker to explain how it deems 7,000 documents filed to the country’s antitrust watchdog are irrelevant to the lawsuit.

20 March 2023

Petrol station overlaps fuel CMA concerns in Asda/Co-op

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has given Asda five days to remedy its concerns about the supermarket’s £600 million acquisition of a Co-op subsidiary or face an in-depth review.

14 March 2023

CMA drops probe into Meta, combines Google online ad cases

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has ended its investigation into Meta over an online advertising agreement with Google, although it will continue to probe the latter’s involvement in the same pact three months after the EU dropped the case entirely.

10 March 2023

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