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.

Statutory timetable

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

Phase 1

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.

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:

Contact

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

Martin Hughes
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

martin.hughes@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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