Online auction platforms: another test of the CMA’s get tough approach

With the Covid pandemic, auctions for arts, antiques and other high-value goods, such as industrial machinery, have rapidly moved online. One of the key facilitators of this shift has been Auction Technology Group plc (ATG), which supplies auction houses in the UK and abroad with access to its online bidding platforms. Last month, ATG announced plans…

Ramsay’s bid for Spire: upcoming CMA review

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is about to dive into the health sector again with Ramsay Health Care today announcing an offer to acquire Spire Healthcare. Only last year, the CMA reviewed Circle’s acquisition of BMI Healthcare. To get the deal through Circle had to sell two hospitals across the three areas where…

Aldwych Partners’ vet care analysis in the Financial Times

The Financial Times has drawn on Aldwych Partners’ analysis as it highlights the rapid changes taking place in the vet care industry and the increasing presence of vet care chains in numerous local markets across the UK. It says “as of 2020, the latest figures available, there were 29 local areas of the UK ……

Aldwych Partners comments on Asda-EuroGarages deal in The Times

Aldwych Partners’ Andrew Taylor has been discussing the Competition and Markets Authority review of the Asda-EuroGarages deal in The Times. He said that the deal would require only between ten to fifteen forecourt disposals if the CMA looked at overlapping sites in a ten-minute radius. However, he added that the number could be significantly higher…