(*) 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.
(**) 21 September 2022: the CMA has given notice to the parties that, as a result of the Bank Holiday for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on the 19 September 2022, the new deadline for the CMA to announce its decision whether to refer the Merger for a Phase 2 investigation is 6 October 2022.
Launch of merger inquiry
9 August 2022: the CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
25 July 2022: 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: