Kohlberg & Company / Bemis Company merger inquiry

Competition Markets Authority

November 11
11:00 2019

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 Date Action
11 November 2019 Decision published
25 October 2019 Decision announced
4 October 2019 Revocation of initial enforcement order
6 September to 20 September 2019 Invitation to comment
6 September 2019 Launch of merger inquiry
9 August 2019 Initial enforcement order

The CMA investigated the Kohlberg/Bemis transaction in parallel with the Kohlberg/Nelipak transaction.

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

25 October 2019: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Kohlberg & Company, LLC of certain subsidiaries of Bemis Company, Inc.

Revocation of initial enforcement order

4 October 2019: In view of the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA has revoked the initial enforcement order.

Invitation to comment: now closed

6 September 2019: 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.

Launch of merger inquiry

6 September 2019: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Initial enforcement order

9 August 2019: the CMA has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Kohlberg & Company, LLC and KNPAK Acquisition Limited, in relation to the acquisition by Kohlberg & Company, LLC, through KNPAK Acquisition Limited, of certain subsidiaries of Bemis Company, Inc.

Amendments/consents granted:


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Published 13 August 2019
Last updated 11 November 2019 +show all updates
  1. Full text of clearance decision published.
  2. Clearance decision announced.
  3. Revocation of initial enforcement order published.
  4. Launch of CMA merger inquiry.
  5. Initial enforcement order published.
  6. First published.

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