Reckitt Benckiser/K-Y brand (Johnson & Johnson) [Archived]
Reckitt Benckiser/K-Y brand (Johnson & Johnson) [Archived]

The following Competition guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Reckitt Benckiser/K-Y brand (Johnson & Johnson) [Archived]
  • Case facts
  • Timeline
  • Commentary


ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 12 August 2015; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline UK merger investigation into the anticipated acquisition by Reckitt Benckiser (RB) of Johnson & Johnson’s K-Y brand. The transaction involves a horizontal overlap in the market for the supply of personal lubricants to grocery retailers and national retail pharmacy chains. The CMA cleared the transaction subject to remedies after a phase 2 investigation on 12/08/2015.

Latest developments On 12 August 2015, the CMA published its final report and cleared the transaction subject to remedies, after concluding that the transaction could lead to a SLC. Under the remedy ordered by the CMA, Reckitt Benckiser will be required to license the K-Y brand in the UK to a competitor for eight years.

Parties Reckitt Benckiser supplies personal lubricants to a number of retailers under the Durex brand. RB is based in the UK and has operations in 66 countries worldwide.

Johnson & Johnson (through subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc.) supplies personal lubricants to a number of retailers