Pulsant Bidco / Onyx merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Pulsant Bidco Limited of Onyx Information Technology Holdings Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
6 January 2017 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
17 November 2016 Revocation of the initial enforcement order
8 November 2016 Launch of merger inquiry
24 October to 7 November 2016 Invitation to comment
21 July 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

Revocation of initial enforcement order

17 November 2016: In view of the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA revoked the initial enforcement order.

Launch of merger inquiry

8 November 2016: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

24 October 2016: 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 enforcement order

On 21 July 2016, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Pulsant Group Holdings Limited and Pulsant Bidco Limited in relation to the completed acquisition by Pulsant Bidco Limited of Onyx Information Technology Holdings Limited.

Amendments/consents granted


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

Karina Kucaidze
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row


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