Ladbrokes and Gala Coral Group merger
CRA consultants advised parties to the Ladbrokes and Gala Coral Group merger. The merger was previously blocked when it was attempted in 1998. The Competition and Markets Authority accepted that online gambling was a significant and growing constraint and cleared the merger, subject to the sale of 350 to 400 licensed betting offices to preserve competition in local markets where the betting products of the two firms overlapped. The CRA team was led by Matthew Bennett and included Vicki Mertzanidou, Sam Brown, and Angelos Stenimachitis.