Water merger references: CC9

How the CMA intends to address the questions it is required to answer in respect of water merger references made.

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Water Merger References: Competition Commission Guidelines

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This guidance was originally published by the Competition Commission (CC) and has been adopted by the CMA Board. The original text has been retained unamended, therefore it does not reflect or take account of developments in case law, legislation or practice since its original publication.

Please also note:

  • all references to issues of jurisdiction or procedure in mergers cases must be read in the light of Mergers: Guidance on the CMA’s jurisdiction and procedure (CMA2); in the case of conflict, CMA2 prevails
  • references to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) or CC (except where referring to specific past OFT or CC practice or case law) should be read as referring to the CMA
  • references to ‘referral to the CC’ or ‘a reference to the CC’ should be read as the referral of a case by the CMA (or Secretary of State) for a Phase 2 investigation involving an Inquiry Group of CMA panel members
  • references to articles of the EC Treaty should be read as referring to the equivalent articles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
  • certain OFT or CC departments, teams or individual roles may not be replicated in the CMA, or may have been renamed; the CMA’s structure is set out in our organisation chart
  • do not use any contact details quoted; please go to the home page for details on how to contact the CMA
Published 1 December 2004