Vanilla Group / Washstation merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Vanilla Group Ltd (JLA) of Washstation Ltd.

Phase 2

Administrative timetable

Date of referral: 16 April 2018

Statutory deadline: 30 September 2018

Contact

JLA_Washstation@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Inquiry Group appointed

16 April 2018: The CMA has appointed the inquiry group:

Stuart McIntosh (Chair), Anne Fletcher, Ulrike Hotopp and Sheila McClelland.

Terms of reference

16 April 2018: The CMA has referred the completed transaction by JLA New Equityco Ltd through its subsidiary Vanilla Group Ltd of Washstation Ltd for an in-depth investigation.

Phase 1

Reference decision

16 April 2018: The CMA has referred the completed transaction by JLA New Equityco Ltd through its subsidiary Vanilla Group Ltd of Washstation Ltd for an in-depth investigation. The full text of the decision will be available below shortly.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 Date Action
3 April 2018 Decision announced
5 February to 20 February 2018 Invitation to comment
5 February 2018 Launch of merger inquiry
13 December 2017 Initial enforcement order

Reference unless undertakings accepted

3 April 2018: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger 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 20 February 2018

5 Febraury 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.

Launch of merger inquiry

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

Initial enforcement order

On 13 December 2017 the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on on JLA New Equityco Ltd and Vanilla Group Ltd, in relation to the completed acquisition by Vanilla Group Ltd (JLA) of Washstation Ltd.

Amendments/consents granted:

Contact

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

Lasse Burmester
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

lasse.burmester@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Published 14 December 2017
Last updated 16 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Terms of reference published and inquiry group appointed.
  2. Reference decision announced.
  3. Decision announced.
  4. Launch of CMA merger inquiry and Invitation to comment issued.
  5. Derogation published.
  6. First published.