CMA merger review: Hospital trust merger

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 merger review: Diagnostics 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: Government-sponsored service

Our client was concerned about plans by the Government to develop a new service that would compete with our client’s existing business. We advised on whether the Government’s service would constitute illegal state aid, and the potential for a state aid complaint formed part of the client’s lobbying efforts. The Government subsequently decided not to…

A tough CMA review ahead for Sainsbury’s and Asda

The CMA, in fast-tracking its review of the Sainsbury’s/Asda merger to a detailed second phase, found…

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