Marston Holdings / Collectica merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the completed acquisition by Marston Holdings Ltd of Collectica Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
23 December 2014 Decision published
26 November 2014 Decision announced
1 October to 15 October 2014 Invitation to comment
6 August 2014 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

26 November 2014: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Marston Holdings Limited of Collectica Limited. The full text of the decision is available below:

Invitation to comment: Now closed

1 October 2014: 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.

Initial enforcement order

6 August 2014: The CMA imposed an initial enforcement order on Marston pursuant to section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002.

Amendments/consents granted:


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

Emily Chissell
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 23 December 2014