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CAT Judgment upholds CMA findings

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

The CMA is pleased that the CAT today upheld the decision to require Ecolab to sell Holchem Laboratories, after the CMA found that the merger raised competition concerns in the cleaning chemicals industry in the UK.



The Tribunal rejected all of Ecolab’s grounds of challenge and upheld the CMA’s findings in its Final Report. The judgment confirms that the CMA can reject an alternative remedy put forward by the parties where the CMA does not have a high degree of confidence that the remedy will be effective in addressing its competition concerns.


The judgment means that Ecolab must now continue with the sale of Holchem Laboratories to a purchaser approved by the CMA without any further delay.

Find out more on the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s website.