UK CMA launches investigation into BAE Systems/Rheinmetall JV

15 April 2019

The UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an enquiry into Rheinmetall’s proposed acquisition of a majority stake in BAE Systems’ UK-based combat vehicles business line.

Plans to transfer 55% of the ownership of the Telford-based division to the UK division of Germany’s Rheinmetall under the proposed establishment of the Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) joint venture (JV) were first revealed in January. However, on 15 April the CMA announced that it was launching its enquiry into the deal to ensure that the merger will allow for a required level of competition in the UK market.

An invitation to comment will close on 30 April and the deadline for a phase 1 decision on the enquiry will be made by 13 June, the CMA said in a 15 April announcement.

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