Universal Sealants / Ekspan Holdings merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Universal Sealants (U.K.) Limited of Ekspan Holdings Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
7 March 2018 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
10 January 2018 Launch of merger inquiry
8 January to 19 January 2018 Invitation to comment
29 November 2017 Initial enforcement order

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Launch of merger inquiry

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

Invitation to comment: closes 19 January 2018

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:


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

Alison Trinkl
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row


Published 1 December 2017
Last updated 10 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Launch of merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
  2. Invitation to comment issued.
  3. Derogation published.
  4. Derogation published.
  5. First published.