Google LLC / Looker Data Sciences, Inc merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Google LLC of Looker Data Sciences, Inc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
TBC Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
TBC Launch of merger inquiry
4 December 2019 Initial enforcement order
2 December to 20 December 2019 Invitation to comment

(*) 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.

Phase 1

Initial enforcement order

On 4 December 2019, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Alphabet Inc. and Google LLC in relation to the completed acquisition by Google LLC of Looker Data Sciences, Inc.

Amendments/consents granted:

Invitation to comment: closes 20 December 2019

2 December 2019: The Competition and Markets Authority (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 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.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Julie Flandrin
Competition and Markets Authority
The Cabot
25 Cabot Square
E14 4QZ

Published 2 December 2019
Last updated 12 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Derogation published.
  2. Initial enforcement order published.
  3. Initial enforcement order announced.
  4. First published.