WD-40 Company / GT 85 merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the completed acquisition by WD-40 Company Limited of the business and assets of GT 85 Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
16 February 2015 Decision published
3 February 2015 Decision announced
5 December 2014 Launch of merger inquiry
5 December to 12 December 2014 Invitation to comment
3 November 2014 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

3 February 2015: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by WD-40 Company Limited of the business and assets of GT 85 Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Launch of merger inquiry

5 December 2014: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

5 December 2014: 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

On 3 November 2014, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on WD-40 Company Limited in relation to its completed acquisition of the business and assets of GT 85 Limited. You can find a copy of the order below:

Contact

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

Claire Rivington
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

Claire.Rivington@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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