CMA clears NECSWS’ acquisition of SSS

Alan Overd

The CMA has cleared, subject to divestments, the merger of emergency service software providers NECSWS and SSS (previously part of Capita plc). The Parties overlap in the supply of essential software used by blue light emergency services (including police forces, fire and rescue services and ambulance trusts) as well as transport service providers (such as TfL and rail operators). The merger was cleared in phase 2, subject to divestments in the integrated communication and control services (ICCS) and duties management systems software markets, where the Parties successfully argued the sale of the acquirer’s (NECSWS’) assets would address the CMA’s concerns.


A CRA team including Alan Overd, Sam Brown and Tara Mampilly provided economic advice (including a detailed bidding analysis) and support to both NECSWS and SSS at both Phase 1 and Phase 2 before the CMA.


For more details, please see the CMA’s press release, here.