Boparan / Bernard Matthews merger inquiry

The CMA investigated and cleared the completed acquisition by enterprises conducted by Boparan Private Office (BPO) of the business formerly carried on by Bernard Matthews Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
9 February 2017 Decision published
12 January 2017 Decision announced
15 December 2016 Revocation of the initial enforcement order
21 November 2016 Launch of merger inquiry
18 November to 2 December 2016 Invitation to comment
14 October 2016 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

12 January 2017: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by enterprises conducted by Ranjit Boparan and Baljinder Boparan of the business formerly carried on by Bernard Matthews Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Revocation of initial enforcement order

15 December 2016: In view of the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA revoked the initial enforcement order.

Launch of merger inquiry

21 November 2016: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

18 November 2016: 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.

Initial enforcement order

On 14 October 2016, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Ranjit Boparan, Baljinder Boparan, Boparan Holdco Limited and Amber REI Holdings Limited, in relation to the completed acquisition by enterprises conducted by Ranjit Boparan and Baljinder Boparan of the business formerly carried on by Bernard Matthews Limited.

Amendments/consents granted

Contact

mergersupportteam@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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