BT Group / IP Trade merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by BT Group plc, through its subsidiary BT (Netherlands) Holding BV, of IP Trade S.A.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
4 May 2017 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
7 March 2017 Launch of merger inquiry
24 February to 10 March 2017 Invitation to comment

(*) 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

7 March 2017: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: closes 10 March 2017

24 February 2017: 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.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Emma Budge
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

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