|Phase 1 date||Action|
|15 November 2016||Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)|
|20 September 2016||Launch of merger inquiry|
|20 September to 4 October 2016||Invitation to comment|
|10 August 2016||Initial enforcement order|
(*) 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.
Launch of merger inquiry
20 September 2016: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
- Commencement of initial period notice (20.9.16)
Invitation to comment: closes 4 October 2016
20 September 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.
Initial enforcement order
On 8 August 2016, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Bridgepoint Group Limited and its affiliated entities the Dining Club Group Limited and State Bidco Limited, in relation to the completed acquisition of Hi-Life Diners Club Limited.
- Initial enforcement order (10.8.16)
- Derogation 25 August 2016 (15.9.16)
- Derogation 23 August 2016 (26.8.16)
- Derogation 22 August 2016 (26.8.16)
- Derogation 19 August 2016 (26.8.16)
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:
Competition and Markets Authority