Thermo Fisher Scientific / Roper Technologies merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc of the electron microscope peripherals business of Roper Technologies Inc (the Gatan business)

Statutory timetable

Phase 2

Inquiry group appointed

7 January 2019: The CMA has appointed the inquiry group:

Martin Coleman (Chair), Humphrey Battcock, Robin Cohen and Anne Fletcher.

Terms of reference

7 January 2019: The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc of the electron microscope peripherals business of Roper Technologies Inc (the Gatan business) for an in-depth investigation.

Phase 1

Phase 1 date Action
19 December 2018 Decision announced
24 October to 7 November 2018 Invitation to comment
24 October 2018 Launch of merger inquiry

Reference decision

7 January 2019: The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc of the electron microscope peripherals business of Roper Technologies Inc (the Gatan business) for an in-depth investigation:

Reference unless undertakings accepted

19 December 2018: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger has resulted or 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 the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision will be available shortly.

Invitation to comment: closes 7 November 2018

24 October 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.

Launch of merger inquiry

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

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Peter Swan
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

Thermofisher_Roper@cma.gov.uk

Published 24 October 2018
Last updated 7 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. The decision to refer to phase 2 has been announced and added to the case page.
  2. First published.