Ardonagh Group / Bennetts Motorcycling Services merger inquiry

Competition Markets Authority

September 16
10:12 2020

Statutory timetable

Date Action
16 September 2020 Decision announced
6 August 2020 Initial enforcement order
21 July 2020 Launch of merger inquiry
2 July 2020 Invitation to comment

Phase 1

Reference unless undertakings accepted

16 September 2020: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision will be available shortly.

Initial enforcement order

6 August 2020: The CMA has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 in relation to the anticipated acquisition by Ardonagh Group Limited of Bennetts Motorcycling Services Limited.

Amendments/consents granted

Launch of merger inquiry

21 July: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: now closed

2 July 2020: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party.

These comments should be provided by the deadline set out above.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Anastasija Rogozianskaja

Please note that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the CMAs offices across the UK are closed until further notice. We are no longer able to accept delivery of any documents or correspondence by post or courier to any of our offices.

Published 2 July 2020
Last updated 16 September 2020 +show all updates
  1. Summary of Phase 1 decision published.

  2. Derogations published.

  3. Initial enforcement order published.

  4. Commencement of initial period notice published.

  5. First published.

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