Ticketmaster Europe Holdco / Seatwave merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the completed acquisition by Ticketmaster Europe Holdco Limited of Seatwave.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
1 May 2015 Decision published
26 March 2015 Decision announced
5 February 2015 Launch of merger inquiry
5 February to 19 February 2015 Invitation to comment
5 December 2014 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

26 March 2015: The CMA has cleared the acquisition by Ticketmaster Europe Holdco Limited of Seatwave. The full text of the decision is available below.

Revocation of initial enforcement order

5 March 2015: In view of the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA revoked the initial enforcement order. A copy of the order is available below.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

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

Invitation to comment: Now closed

5 February 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.

Initial enforcement order

On 5 December 2014, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Ticketmaster Europe Holdco Limited in relation to the completed acquisition by Ticketmaster Europe Holdco Limited of Seatwave.

Amendments/consents granted:

Contact

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

Suzanne van Scheijen
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

Suzanne.vanScheijen@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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