National Fostering Agency / Acorn Care 1 merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by SSCP Spring Topco Limited, providing fostering services in the UK inter alia through its affiliated entity the National Fostering Agency Limited, of Acorn Care 1 Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
TBC Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
TBC Launch of merger inquiry
8 September 2016 Initial enforcement order

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Initial enforcement order

12 September 2016: On 8 September 2016, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72 (2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Stirling Square Capital Partners LLP, Stirling Square Capital Partners Holdings Limited, Stirling Square Capital Partners Second Fund Holdings Limited and Stirling Square Capital Partners Third Fund Holdings Limited (collectively Stirling Group) and SSCP Spring Topco Limited (SSCP Spring) in relation to the completed acquisition of Acorn Care 1 Limited.

Amendments/consents granted


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Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

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