Elis UK Limited / Central Laundry Limited merger inquiry

Competition Markets Authority

September 17
13:03 2020

Date Action
23 October 2020 Deadline for phase 1 decision*
27 August 2020 Launch of merger inquiry
12 August to 26 August 2020 Invitation to comment
10 June 2020 Initial enforcement order

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Launch of merger inquiry

27 August 2020: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: now closed

12 August 2020: The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted 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 has resulted, or 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.

Initial enforcement order

10 June 2020: The CMA has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Elis S.A., Berendsen Limited and Elis UK Limited in relation to the completed acquisition by Elis UK Limited of Central Laundry Limited.

Amendments/consents granted:


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Jayati Handa

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 12 June 2020
Last updated 17 September 2020 +show all updates
  1. Derogation published.

  2. Commencement notice published.

  3. 3 derogation letters published.

  4. Invitation to comment posted.

  5. Additional derogations published.

  6. 5 derogations published.

  7. Derogation published.

  8. First published.

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