Oasis Dental Care (Central) Limited / Apex Holding Limited

The CMA investigated the completed acquisition by Oasis Dental Care (Central) Limited of Apex Holding Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 Action
14 July 2014 Decision published
11 July 2014 Decision announced
24 June 2014 Revocation of the initial enforcement order
24 June to 7 July 2014 Invitation to comment
18 August 2014 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
19 May 2014 Initial enforcement order made

(*) 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

CMA FNTQ decision announced

11 July 2014: The CMA has today decided that the completed acquisition by Oasis Dental Care (Central) Limited of Apex Holding Limited does not qualify for investigation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002. The full text of the decision is available below:

Revocation of initial enforcement order

24 June 2014: In view of Oasis’s submissions on the disproportionality of the initial enforcement order and the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA revoked the initial enforcement order. A copy of the revocation order is available below:

Invitation to comment: Now closed

24 June 2014: 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.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

23 June 2014: The parties submitted a notification of the completed merger to the CMA. The CMA considered the parties’ notification to be a complete merger notice.

Initial enforcement order

19 May 2014: An Initial Enforcement Order under Section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 was put in place against The Oasis Healthcare Group Limited and Oasis Dental Care (Central) Limited by the CMA.


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

Clementine de Brosses
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
37 Southampton Row


Published 14 July 2014