Whittan Intermediate / Apex Linvar merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Whittan Intermediate Limited of Apex Linvar Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
8 February 2016 Decision published
8 January 2016 Decision announced
10 November 2015 Launch of merger inquiry
9 to 20 November 2015 Invitation to comment

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

8 January 2016: The CMA has cleared the acquisition by Whittan Intermediate Limited of Apex Linvar Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

10 November 2015: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

9 November 2015: 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. Whittan trades under a number of brands, including: Link51, Permar, Polypal and Moresecure.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Carole Bowley
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row


Published 9 November 2015
Last updated 8 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. First published.