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London Partner Robert Bell, head of our EU/UK Competition Team, was quoted March 25 by Policy and Regulatory Report (PaRR) regarding the new Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which took over as the UK’s main antitrust agency April 1. The CMA replaced the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and Competition Commission (CC). The CMA is set to take on extra powers for probes under Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), and their UK equivalents, Chapters I and II of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98). Bell said officials are likely to make “significant use” of a controversial power to require individuals connected to businesses under investigation to answer their questions. Those who refuse to talk can be fined, and concerns remain over whether individuals can exercise their “privilege against self-incrimination,” he added. Bell and London Associate Roman Madej also authored an article in the April edition of Governance & Compliance magazine concerning recent EU and UK competition law developments on mergers, the CMA and reform of the EU public procurement rules.