The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the Competition Authority’s decision that it is "in time" to investigate the acquisition of a minority shareholding in a merger case concerning the air transport sector (Ryanair / Aer Lingus)

All views expressed are strictly personal views of the author. The present case note does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. The author would like to thank Natalia Sivakumaran, associate at Herbert Smith LLP in London, for her assistance with the preparation of this case note. Introduction and background This case arose out of Ryanair‘s acquisition of a minority shareholding in Aer Lingus over a period starting in September 2006, prior to and during the course of its public bid for the Irish airline. The European Commission, having been notified of the proposed takeover, prohibited the concentration by decision on 27 June 2007 (the «Prohibition Decision«). On the same day, in response to Aer Lingus‘ requests for the Commission to require Ryanair to divest

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Kyriakos Fountoukakos, The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the Competition Authority’s decision that it is "in time" to investigate the acquisition of a minority shareholding in a merger case concerning the air transport sector (Ryanair / Aer Lingus), 28 July 2011, e-Competitions Cooperation between National Competition Authorities, Art. N° 38347

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