The UK Competition Authority gives a provisional clearance to the anticipated joint venture between in-flight catering services companies (Alpha Flight / LSG Lufthansa Service)

Introduction On 10 October 2011, the UK Office of Fair Trading (the «OFT«) referred the anticipated 50/50 joint venture between in-flight catering services companies Alpha Flight Group Limited («Alpha«) and LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG («LSG«) to the Competition Commission (the «CC«), for an in-depth investigation [1]. On 7 February 2012, the CC provisionally cleared, without remedies, the anticipated joint venture [2]. The CC provisionally found that, although the transaction would lead to a certain degree of concentration in some market segments, the new entity would nevertheless be sufficiently constrained by competitors and by its customers, i.e., airlines, which enjoy significant buyer power. Consequently, the CC provisionally concluded that the anticipated joint venture was

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Kyriakos Fountoukakos, The UK Competition Authority gives a provisional clearance to the anticipated joint venture between in-flight catering services companies (Alpha Flight / LSG Lufthansa Service), 9 February 2012, e-Competitions Cooperation between National Competition Authorities, Art. N° 44148

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