Cox Automotive UK Limited / Auto Trader Limited merger inquiry

The CMA has investigated and cleared the anticipated joint venture between Cox Automotive UK Limited and Auto Trader Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
10 December 2018 Decision published
21 November 2018 Decision announced
26 September 2018 to 10 October 2018 Invitation to comment
26 September 2018 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision announced

21 November 2018: The CMA has cleared the anticipated joint venture between Cox Automotive UK Limited and Auto Trader Limited.

Invitation to comment: now closed

26 September 2018: 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.

Launch of merger inquiry

26 September 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

mergersupportteam@cma.gov.uk

Published 26 September 2018
Last updated 21 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Clearance decision announced.
  2. First published.