Reed Elsevier / Jordan Publishing merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition of the assets comprising the Jordan Publishing business by Reed Elsevier (UK) Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
14 January 2016 Undertakings in lieu accepted
6 November 2015 Extension of consideration of undertakings in lieu (UILs)
21 September 2015 Decision published
10 September 2015 Decision announced
15 to 28 July 2015 Invitation to comment
15 July 2015 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

Undertakings in lieu of reference accepted

14 January 2016: The CMA has accepted undertakings in lieu of reference for the anticipated acquisition by RELX (UK) Limited (formerly known as Reed Elsevier (UK) Limited) of Jordan Publishing Limited. A copy of the undertakings and the decision are available below.

Undertakings in lieu of reference consultation: Now closed

12 November 2015: We are consulting on proposed undertakings in lieu of a reference for the anticipated acquisition by Reed Elsevier of Jordan Publishing.

Extension of consideration of undertakings in lieu

6 November 2015: The CMA has extended the consideration of UILs until 19 January 2016.

CMA to consider undertakings offered

24 September 2015: The CMA considers that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the undertakings offered by Reed Elsevier, or a modified version of them, might be accepted by the CMA under the Enterprise Act 2002. A copy of the notice is available below.

Reference unless undertakings accepted

10 September 2015: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger, if carried into effect, may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless Reed Elsevier offers acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

15 July 2015: The 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.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

15 July 2015: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Lisa Kaltenbrunner
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

lisa.kaltenbrunner@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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