The Competition and Markets Authority has issued an initial enforcement order on Just Eat and, instructing them not to integrate until the CMAs initial investigation is complete.

The order states that no integration of the businesses’ information technology is to take place before a preliminary decision is reached by the authority on whether to launch a full merger inquiry.

The CMA is investigating the £5.6m merger on whether the transaction could result in a “substantially lessening of competition” in the UK market.

After shareholders approved the merger in January, earlier this week (3 February) shares in Just Eat began trading on the London Stock Exchange under ‘JET’.

Speaking to MCA at the time, Jitse Groen, CEO of Just Eat said “following the CMA’s discretionary decision to conduct an investigation into the merger, we will work quickly to respond to their questions. As said, we are confident merger clearance will be obtained.”