UK Agency Overhaul Will Lower Bar For Criminal Antitrust Cases

Law360, New York (March 15, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT) -- The British government on Thursday issued its long-awaited plan to merge the country's two competition authorities, but while the proposal largely preserves the country's current merger review and antitrust investigation system it lowers the bar for bringing criminal antitrust cases.

Roughly a year after first opening the agency merger plan up for public feedback, the U.K. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills backed legislation to combine the Competition Commission with the competition side of the Office of Fair Trading, which also handles consumer protection issues, to...
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