Dining Club Group / Hi-Life Diners Club

The CMA investigated and cleared the completed acquisition by Bridgepoint Group Limited and its affiliated entities the Dining Club Group Limited and State Bidco Limited of Hi-Life Diners Club Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
14 November 2016 Decision published
3 November 2016 Decision announced
20 September 2016 Launch of merger inquiry
20 September to 4 October 2016 Invitation to comment
10 August 2016 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

3 November 2016: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Bridgepoint Group Limited and its affiliated entities the Dining Club Group Limited and State Bidco Limited of Hi-Life Diners Club Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Launch of merger inquiry

20 September 2016: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

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.

Amendments/consents granted

Contact

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

Marie-Madeleine Husunu
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

marie-madeleine.husunu@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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