Safetykleen / Pure Solve merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Safetykleen UK Limited of Pure Solve UK Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
13 June 2016 Decision published
20 May 2016 Merger investigation cancelled
11 May 2016 Decision announced
11 March to 29 March 2016 Invitation to comment
11 March 2016 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

Merger reference cancelled

Reference unless undertakings accepted

11 May 2016: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger 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 Safetykleen offers acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

11 March 2016: 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 merger inquiry

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


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Carole Bowley
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 11 March 2016
Last updated 13 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.

  2. Merger investigation cancelled.

  3. Decision announced: reference unless undertakings accepted.

  4. First published.