Boparan / Bernard Matthews merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by enterprises conducted by Ranjit Boparan and Baljinder Boparan of the business formerly carried on by Bernard Matthews Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
19 January 2017 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
21 November 2016 Launch of merger inquiry
18 November to 2 December 2016 Invitation to comment
14 October 2016 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.

Phase 1

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

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Jonny Ford
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

jonny.ford@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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