Universal Sealants / Ekspan Holdings merger inquiry

The CMA investigated and cleared the completed acquisition by Universal Sealants (U.K.) Limited of Ekspan Holdings Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
23 March 2018 Decision Published
26 February 2018 Decision announced
5 February 2018 Revocation of initial enforcement order
10 January 2018 Launch of merger inquiry
8 January to 19 January 2018 Invitation to comment
29 November 2017 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

26 February 2018: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Universal Sealants (U.K.) Limited of Ekspan Holdings Limited.

Revocation of initial enforcement order

5 February 2018: In view of the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA has revoked the initial enforcement order.

Launch of merger inquiry

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

Invitation to comment: Now closed

8 January 2018: 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

1 December 2017: On 29 November 2017, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Universal Sealants (U.K.) Limited and RPM International Inc. in relation to the completed acquisition by Universal Sealants (U.K.) Limited of Ekspan Holdings Limited.

Amendments/consents granted:

Contact

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

mergersupportteam@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Published 1 December 2017
Last updated 23 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. Clearance decision announced.
  3. Revocation order published.
  4. Launch of merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
  5. Invitation to comment issued.
  6. Derogation published.
  7. Derogation published.
  8. First published.