Connect Bidco / Inmarsat merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Connect Bidco Limited of Inmarsat plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
17 September 2019 Deadline for the CMA to report to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
8 October 2019 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
23 July to 5 August 2019 Invitation to comment on competition and public interest
22 July 2019 Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport issued a public interest intervention notice
16 July to 29 July 2019 Invitation to comment on competition
15 July 2019 Launch of merger inquiry

(*) 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.

Notice of extension of the initial period

Invitation to comment on competition and public interest: closes 5 August 2019

23 July 2019: On 16 July 2019, the CMA issued an invitation to comment on the impact of the Transaction on competition (with responses due by 29 July 2019). In light of the PIIN being issued, the CMA is now inviting comments on the impact of the Transaction from any interested party on competition and public interest considerations with responses due by 5 August 2019.

Public interest intervention notice

23 July 2019: The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (the Secretary of State) issued a public interest intervention notice (PIIN) on the public interest ground of national security in accordance with sections 42(2) and 58(1) of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act) in relation to the anticipated acquisition by Connect Bidco Limited of Inmarsat plc (the Transaction). This means that the Secretary of State will decide on whether this transaction operates, or may be expected to operate, against the public interest and should be referred to a phase 2 assessment, taking into account both competition and public interest issues.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is required to submit a report to the Secretary of State on this Transaction in accordance with section 44 of the Enterprise Act 2002 by 17 September 2019.

The report will include the CMA’s assessment of whether it believes that it is, or may be, the case that this Transaction, if carried into effect, would result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Act and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market(s) in the United Kingdom for goods or services. It will also include a summary of any representations the CMA receives which relate to the public interest consideration specified in the PIIN, national security, and which are or may be relevant to the Secretary of State’s decision.

Invitation to comment on competition: closes 29 July 2019

16 July 2019: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result 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 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.

These comments should be provided by the deadline set out above.

Notification of merger enquiry to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

16 July 2019: The CMA brought the acquisition by Connect Bidco Limited of Inmarsat plc to the attention of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport under section 57(1) of the Act, as the CMA considered that the transaction may raise public interest considerations under section 58 of the Act.

Launch of merger inquiry

15 July 2019: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Tom Akhgar
Competition and Markets Authority
The Cabot
25 Cabot Square
London
E14 4QZ

tom.akhgar@cma.gov.uk

Published 16 July 2019
Last updated 13 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Notice of extension published.
  2. Page updated to reflect the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport's public interest intervention notice. Invitation to comment on competition and public interest launched.
  3. First published.