viagogo / StubHub merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by PUG LLC (viagogo) of the StubHub business of eBay Inc.

Statutory timetable

Date Action
TBC Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
TBC Launch of merger inquiry
7 February 2020 Initial enforcement order
13 December to 10 January 2020 Invitation to comment

(*) 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.

The CMA is investigating the merger but has not yet started a formal phase 1 investigation.

Initial enforcement order

On 7 February 2020, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Pugnacious Endeavors, Inc., PUG LLC and eBay Inc., in relation to the anticipated acquisition of the StubHub business of eBay Inc. by PUG LLC.

Invitation to comment: now closed

13 December 2019: 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.

To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party.

These comments should be provided by the deadline set out above.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Kate Macey
Competition and Markets Authority
The Cabot
25 Cabot Square
E14 4QZ

Published 13 December 2019
Last updated 10 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Initial enforcement order published.

  2. First published.