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The Brits could help DFDS by blocking Seafrance purchase

The British Competition Commission has a lot of power at its disposal, should it rule that the DFDS competitor Groupe Eurotunnel has lessened the competition on the English Channel. Among other things, the Commission has the power to block the purchase.

The consequences for DFDS’ competitor on the English Channel, Groupe Eurotunnel, could be extensive, should the British Competition Commission (CC) rule that the company’s purchase of Seafrance has a negative effect on competition in the channel.

“The CC carries out an investigation and decides whether it has or may be expected to result in an significant lowering of competition. If so, the CC has wide-ranging powers to remedy any competition concerns resulting from the merger, including preventing a merger from going ahead. It can also require a company to sell off part of its business or take other steps to improve competition,” says Siobhan Allen, press officer at CC, to ShippingWatch.

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