Cineworld Group / Empire Cinemas merger inquiry
The CMA investigated and cleared the acquisition by Cineworld Group plc of 5 cinemas owned by Empire Cinemas Limited.
|Phase 1 date||Action|
|4 January 2017||Decision published|
|12 December 2016||Decision announced|
|17 to 31 October 2016||Invitation to comment|
|17 October 2016||Launch of merger inquiry|
|2 September 2016||Initial enforcement order|
CMA clearance decision
12 December 2016: The CMA has cleared the acquisition by Cineworld Group plc of 5 cinemas owned by Empire Cinemas Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.
- Full text decision (4.1.17)
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.
- Commencement of initial period notice (17.10.16)
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.
- Initial enforcement order (2.9.16).
- Derogation 29 September 2016 (4.10.16)
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:
Competition and Markets Authority
Published: 2 September 2016
Updated: 4 January 2017
Opened: 2 September 2016
Closed: 4 January 2017
- Full text of the decision published.
- Clearance decision announced
- Launch of merger inquiry and invitation to comment issued.
- Derogation published.
- First published.