Pearson plc / Fronter A.S.

OFT closed case: Anticipated acquisition by Pearson plc of Fronter A.S.

Affected market: Educational software

No. ME/3996/09

The parties notified the Office of Fair Trading of this transaction on 6 January 2009 and the administrative deadline for its consideration is 3 March 2009.
On the basis of the information available to it, the Office of Fair Trading has decided that the anticipated acquisition of Fronter by Pearson does not qualify for investigation under the mergers provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act), because neither the UK turnover test nor the share of supply test in section 23 of the Act is met. A relevant merger situation has, therefore, not been created.

Published 26 January 2009