(*) 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.
Invitation to comment: closes 5 February 2018
19 January 2018: The Competition and Markets Authority (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
19 January 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
1 December 2017: On 29 November 2017 the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Vp plc, in relation to the completed acquisition by Vp plc of Brandon Hire Group Holdings Limited.