Smith & Nephew / ArthroCare Corporation

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Smith & Nephew PLC of ArthroCare Corporation.

Administrative timetable

Phase 1 Action
21 May 2014 CMA clearance announcement
26 March 2014 – 9 April 2014 Invitation to Comment
24 March 2014 Merger inquiry launched

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision: 21 May 2014

The decision in this case was announced on 21 May 2014. The full text of the decision is available below:

Invitation to Comment – 26 March 2014 – 9 April 2014

The Office of Fair Trading 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.

  • Deadline for comments: 9 April 2014

Launch of CMA merger inquiry: 24 March 2014

The OFT launched its merger inquiry following receipt of a satisfactory submission on 24 March 2014.


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

Carole Bowley
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
37 Southampton Row

Published 30 June 2014