Post Office Limited / Payzone UK Limited merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Post Office Limited of the bill payments systems business of Payzone UK Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
19 October 2018 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
23 August 2018 to 7 September 2018 Invitation to comment
23 August 2018 Launch of merger inquiry

(*) 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

Invitation to comment: closes 7 September 2018

23 August 2018: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction 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 for goods or services.

To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party.

Launch of merger inquiry

23 August 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Lauren O’Brien
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 23 August 2018