Cineworld Group / Empire Cinemas merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the acquisition by Cineworld Group plc of 5 cinemas owned by Empire Cinemas Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
12 December 2016 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
17 to 31 October 2016 Invitation to comment
17 October 2016 Launch of merger inquiry
2 September 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

Invitation to comment: Now closed

17 October 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.

Launch of merger inquiry

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

Initial enforcement order

2 September 2016: On 16 August, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Cineworld Group plc in relation to the acquisition by Cineworld Group plc of the following cinemas owned by Empire Cinemas Limited: Empire Leicester Square, Empire Basildon, Empire Hemel Hempstead, Empire Poole, Empire Bromley.

Amendments/consents granted:


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

Martin Hughes
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

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