Betfair Group / Paddy Power merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated merger of Betfair Group plc and Paddy Power plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
29 December 2015 Decision published
17 December 2015 Decision announced
9 to 20 November 2015 Invitation to comment
9 November 2015 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

17 December 2015: The CMA has cleared the anticipated merger of Betfair Group plc and Paddy Power plc. The full text of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

9 November 2015: 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.

Launch of merger inquiry

9 November 2015: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Lisa Kaltenbrunner
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 9 November 2015
Last updated 29 December 2015 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. First published.