UK phase 1 mergers—closed cases tracker

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UK phase 1 mergers—closed cases tracker

The table lists completed all completed Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) phase 1 merger investigations and completed Office of Fair Trading (OFT) merger investigations since June 2013.

For information on ongoing investigations see UK mergers—ongoing cases tracker. For details of completed phase 2 investigations, see UK phase 2 mergers—closed cases tracker. For details of appeals, see UK competition appeals—ongoing cases tracker.


Parties (Case number)Industry sectorDecision
September 2021
Glennon Brothers/Balcas (anticipated acquisition)

Building and construction

• Cleared—09/09/2021
• Launch of merger inquiry—21/07/2021
• Invitation to comment—02/06/2021

National Grid/PPL WPD Investments (completed acquisition)


• Cleared—01/09/2021
• Revocation of IEO—10/08/2021
• Derogations to the IEO—22/07/2021
• Launch of merger inquiry—13/07/2021
• Invitation to comment—13/07/2021
• Derogations to the IEO—09/07/2021
• Derogation to the IEO—06/07/2021
• Derogations to the IEO—11/06/2021
• IEO served—09/06/2021

August 2021
Hempel Decorative Paints Limited/FB Ammonite Limited (anticipated acquisition)

Manufacture, distribution, marketing and sale of paint and wallpaper

• Cleared—26/08/2021
CMA decision
• Launch of merger inquiry—21/06/2021
• Invitation to comment—21/06/2021

TravelSupermarket Limited/Icelolly Marketing Limited (anticipated acquisition)

Travel comparison services

• Cleared—12/08/2021
CMA decision
• Launch of merger inquiry—25/06/2021
• Invitation to comment—25/06/2021

NRC Corporation/Cardtronics plc (completed acquisition)

Operation of cash machines

• Cleared—10/08/2021
CMA decision
• Derogation to the IEO—28/07/2021
• Derogation to the IEO—19/07/2021
• Derogation to the IEO—29/06/2021
• Derogations to the IEO—18/06/2021
• IEO served—15/06/2021
• Launch of merger inquiry—04/06/2021
• Invitation to comment—15/06/2021

Baker Hughes/Akastoer (anticipated joint venture)

Subsea drilling systems

• Does not qualify for investigation—03/08/2021
CMA decision
• Launch of merger inquiry—18/06/2021
• Invitation to comment—18/06/2021

July 2021
IHS Markit

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