Phonak / Comfort Audio

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Phonak AG of Comfort Audio I Halmstad AB.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
16 October 2014 Decision published
17 September 2014 Decision announced
22 July 2014 Launch of merger inquiry and invitation to comment

Case reference: ME/6451/14

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

17 September 2014: The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by Phonak AG of Comfort Audio I Halmstad AB. The full text of the decision is available below:

Invitation to comment: Now closed

22 July 2014: The CMA is considering whether arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result 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 may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

22 July 2014: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.


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

Carole Bowley
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 16 October 2014