Competition Markets Authority
|Phase 1 date||Action|
|19 November 2020||Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)|
|18 September to 2 October 2020||Invitation to comment|
|18 September 2020||Launch of merger inquiry (**)|
(*) 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 commenced its phase 1 investigation and is inviting comments.
Launch of merger inquiry
18 September 2020: The CMA has launched its phase 1 investigation following the European Commissions decision to refer the case to the United Kingdom under Article 4(4) of the EC Merger Regulation.
Invitation to comment: closes on 2 October
18 September 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 2 October 2020.
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to: