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CMA opens in-depth investigation into Amazon Deliveroo tie-up

2 January 2020

Prof. Suzanne Rab

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has referred the anticipated acquisition by Amazon of a minority (16%) shareholding and certain rights in Deliveroo for an in-depth merger investigation.

The CMA raised competition concerns in early December finding the UK online restaurant delivery market to be “highly concentrated”, with only three large players in the UK: Deliveroo, Just Eat and UberEats.

The CMA said the deal could mean that customers, restaurants and grocers face higher prices and lower-quality service

The parties were unable to offer remedies that would address the CMA’s concerns, which prompted the opening of a Phase II probe.  The CMA has prohibited only one minority investment since 2004 when it blocked Ryanair’s attempt to buy a stake in the competitor Irish airline Aer Lingus.

The German Federal Cartel Office cleared Amazon’s investment deal unconditionally in July after a Phase I review.  Deliveroo had practically no activities in Germany and has since committed to exit the German market.

https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/amazon-deliveroo-merger-inquiry

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