CCP takes Uber-Careem merger to second phase review


The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has decided to move into phase 2 of its review of the international merger between ride hailing services, Uber and Careem, in Pakistan.

The phase 2 review is a major move by the CCP and is meant to determine whether the merger will inadvertently or with forethought affect or bring up any competition concerns.

The CCP rarely goes into second phase reviews, since they are very complex, go into much more detail, take a much longer time, and are only opened when the first phase review is absolutely unable to reach a conclusion regarding the competition affects that a merger may have.

According to details, the CCP is legally empowered to impose restrictions on the merger before approving it. Uber and Careem had made a joint application for the CCP’s approval in the first phase of the review, and it is expected that this new development will result in the merger being delayed for some time.


  1. I’m grateful to Profit PakistanToday on this important issue of M&A, which is rarely covered by any serious media todate.
    Pakistan is not a dumping venue, or Clinical Trail for Drugs to accept all what’s coming. The merger of Dubai company with Uber is viewed as srengthening Uber monopoly brand, out reach for bosses in Dubai which are in command of the region. First of all we have to see what are the check steps. What has been todate in reference to Pakistan. If a transport company is coming to Pakistan it has to go thru regulatory, governmental, Federal, Provincial clearances, and regulatory clearances. There is no regulator in Karachi, Sindh as it was RTA where a cat is sitting on the seat of the CEO. An international organisation may be approached which operates world wide and possibly Pakistan also which may help us to achieve the objective of standardisation, regulation, road safety, accidents, save human lives.


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