Origin Faces Stepped-Up UK Antitrust Probe Over Bunn Buy

Law360, New York (July 14, 2017, 7:10 PM EDT) -- The U.K.’s competition watchdog said Friday that Origin Enterprises PLC’s £14.2 million ($18.6 million) planned acquisition of Bunn Fertiliser Ltd. is likely to hinder competition to supply fertilizers in Scotland, giving the agri-services group a week to come up with an acceptable fix.

The Competition and Markets Authority reached that conclusion as the result of an initial investigation into Origin’s proposed deal to buy Bunn’s fertilizer activities and certain assets.

Specifically, the watchdog “found that Origin and Bunn are two of the three main suppliers of...
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