Informa/UBM merger inquiry

The CMA has investigated and cleared the anticipated acquisition by Informa plc of UBM plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
12 July 2018 Decision published
31 May 2018 Decision announced
25 June 2018 Deadline for phase 1 decision
26 April to 14 May 2018 Invitation to comment
26 April 2018 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

FNTQ decision announced

31 May 2018: The CMA has decided that the anticipated acquisition by Informa plc of UBM plc does not qualify for investigation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002.

Invitation to comment: Closes 14 May 2018

26 April 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.

To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party. This includes comments on whether Informa and UBM might, as a result of the transaction, have a combined share of 25% or more of the supply or consumption of any goods or services in the UK (or in a substantial part of the UK).

Launch of merger inquiry

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


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

Francisca Mendia-Lara
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 26 April 2018
Last updated 12 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Full text decision published.
  2. CMA decision announced.
  3. First published.