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20 July 2018: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger has resulted or may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision will be available shortly.
25 May 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.
Launch of merger inquiry
25 May 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
The parties' response to the provisional findings and the response to the remedies notice have been published.
The following documents have been published:
- Notice of provisional findings
- Summary of provisional findings
- Notice of extension
- Notice of possible remedies
- Merger notice
- Summary of third parties' views
- Response to the phase 1 decision
- Response to the issues statement
- Updated administrative timetable
Full administrative timetable, issues statement and full text decision published.