Kaplan / Osborne Books merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Kaplan Int. Holdings Limited of Osborne Books Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
11 March 2016 Decision published
9 February 2016 Decision announced
18 December 2015 Launch of merger inquiry
2 December to 16 December 2015 Invitation to comment

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

9 February 2016: The CMA has cleared the acquisition by Kaplan Int. Holdings Limited of Osborne Books Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

21 December 2015: On 18 December, the CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

2 December 2015: 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.

Published 9 February 2016
Last updated 11 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. Clearance decision announced.