Decision on whether to issue a statement of objections
November 2018 to spring 2019 (estimate)
Further investigation including information gathering. CMA analysis and review
Decision taken to proceed with the investigation
April 2018 to autumn 2018
Initial investigation: information gathering, including issue of formal or informal information requests to parties. CMA analysis and review of information gathered. State of play meetings with parties under investigation
On 17 April 2018, the CMA launched an investigation under Chapter I of the CA98 and Article 101 of the TFEU into suspected breaches of competition law by various parties. The investigations relate to alleged anti-competitive agreements and/or concerted practices in relation to musical instruments and equipment.
This investigation is at an early stage and no assumptions should be made that competition law has been infringed. The CMA has not reached a view on whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to any of the parties under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections. Further detail of the CMA’s procedures in antitrust cases is available in our guidance.
As a result, it would not be appropriate at present to include any further estimates of the timing of any later investigative steps at this stage.