Open Text / GXS merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the completed acquisition by Open Text Corporation of GXS Group Inc.

Administrative timetable

Phase 1 date Action
16 September 2014 Decision published
26 August 2014 Decision announced
30 June to 10 July Invitation to comment
28 March 2014 Derogation letter sent to the parties
12 February 2014 Initial undertakings accepted
12 February 2014 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

26 August 2014: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Open Text Corporation of GXS Group Inc. The full text of the decision is available below:

Invitation to comment: Now closed

The Competition and Markets Authority (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 undertakings

On 12 February 2014 Hold Separate Undertakings under Section 71 of the Enterprise Act 2002 were accepted by the OFT. A copy of the Undertakings are here

Launch of merger inquiry

The OFT launched its merger inquiry on 12 February 2014.


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

Androulla Soteriou
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
37 Southampton Row

Published 16 September 2014