Competition Markets Authority
|TBC||Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)|
|TBC||Launch of merger inquiry (**)|
|12 June to 3 July 2020||Invitation to comment|
|9 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.
(**) The CMA has decided to investigate this transaction and is inviting comments and has made an initial enforcement order. This case page will be updated when the CMA formally commences its phase 1 investigation.
Directions to appoint a hold separate manager
10 August 2020: On 30 July 2020, pursuant to an initial enforcement order dated 9 June 2020, the CMA directed Facebook, Inc, Tabby Acquisition Sub, Inc, Facebook UK Limited and Giphy, Inc to appoint a hold separate manager.
Directions to appoint a monitoring trustee
29 June 2020: On 19 June 2020, pursuant to an initial enforcement order dated 9 June 2020, the CMA directed Facebook, Inc, Tabby Acquisition Sub, Inc, Facebook UK Limited and Giphy, Inc to appoint a monitoring trustee.
Invitation to comment: closes 3 July 2020
12 June 2020: The Competition and Markets Authority (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 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
9 June 2020: The CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Facebook, Inc, Tabby Acquisition Sub, Inc, Facebook UK Limited and Giphy, Inc in relation to the completed acquisition by Facebook, Inc of Giphy, Inc
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:
Sophie D Mitchell
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