Sainsbury’s / Asda merger review

The proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda is raising multiple issues for the CMA to consider including: the extent to which the discount retailers, Aldi and Lidl, represent an alternative for shoppers at Sainsbury’s and Asda; the impact of internet shopping for groceries on competition between the supermarket chains; and the effect the merger would…

Manchester hospital trust merger review

Aldwych Partners secured CMA clearance for a merger between two hospital trusts operating nine hospitals in Manchester. This was the first UK merger to obtain competition clearance on customer benefit grounds. Aldwych Partners’ work on the transaction was recognised by Global Competition Review in its shortlist for European Merger Control Matter of the Year in…

CMA review of pathology joint venture

Aldwych Partners gained CMA clearance for a public and private sector joint venture in diagnostic services. Our analysis of service provision, including the scope for competing provision of time-sensitive diagnostic tests, enabled a Phase 1 clearance decision by the CMA as well as setting the benchmark for subsequent competition authority analyses of this industry. Aldwych…

Anti-competitive behaviour: Patient choice of hospital

Aldwych Partners advised a major private sector hospital provider in a dispute with NHS commissioners regarding patients’ ability to choose their preferred hospital. We assisted the client in formulating a competition-based complaint to the industry regulator that was subsequently upheld. As a result, patients are provided with greater information about their right to choose between…

Competition risk assessment: Care homes acquisition

Aldwych Partners advised on the competition risks associated with a planned acquisition of a major portfolio of care homes. Based on our advice, the transaction was structured to exclude those homes with the highest risk of an adverse finding by the CMA, and was subsequently cleared by the CMA at Phase 1. The parties were…

State aid: Customer engagement platform

Our client operates a web-based platform business where customers can post their feedback on the service received from firms in a particular public-service industry. Service providers can monitor and respond to customer feedback that has been posted on the platform, and can also use the platform as a tool for driving their own customer engagement….

Out of hours vet services: another area of emerging competition risk?

Local vet care markets are becoming more concentrated, and - as Aldwych Partners recently noted - this…

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