Henderson Retail / Martin McColl merger inquiry

The CMA investigated and cleared the completed acquisition by Henderson Retail Limited of part of the Martin McColl Limited portfolio.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
23 February 2018 Decision published
16 February 2018 Decision announced
2 February 2018 Revocation of initial enforcement order
12 January to 26 January 2018 Invitation to comment
12 January 2018 Launch of merger inquiry
7 December 2017 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

16 February 2018: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Henderson Retail Limited of the part of the Martin McColl Limited portfolio.

Revocation of initial enforcement order

2 February 2018: In view of the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA has revoked the initial enforcement order.

Invitation to comment: now closed

12 January 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

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

Initial enforcement order

On 7 December 2017, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Henderson Retail Limited and Henderson Wholesale Limited, in relation to the completed acquisition by Henderson Retail Limited of part of the Martin McColl Limited portfolio.

Amendments/consents granted:

Contact

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

Rosy Cheetham
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

rosy.cheetham@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Published 12 December 2017
Last updated 23 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. Clearance decision announced.
  3. Revocation order published.
  4. The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
  5. Variation order published.
  6. First published.