CareTech Holdings plc / Cambian Group plc merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by CareTech Holdings plc of Cambian Group plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 Date Action
TBC Deadline for phase 1 decision*
TBC Launch of merger inquiry
28 November 2018 to 12 December 2018 Invitation to comment
16 October 2018 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

Invitation to comment: closes on 12 December 2018

28 November 2018: The Competition and Markets Authority (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.

To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party.

Initial enforcement order

On 16 October 2018, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on CareTech Holdings plc and Cambian Group plc, in relation to the anticipated acquisition by CareTech Holdings plc of Cambian Group plc.

Amendments/consents granted:


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

Anastasija Rogozianskaja
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 19 October 2018
Last updated 28 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Invitation to comment issued.
  2. New derogation granted.
  3. First published.