Five Minutes on Merger Control in the EU

September 2015
Region: Europe

The European Union and virtually all of its Member States enforce merger control laws which require that approval be obtained before closing any deal that exceeds certain turnover or market share thresholds. This piece explores how merger control laws allow regulators to impose conditions on closing – or even block transactions – if they raise competition concerns. Even in the case of an unproblematic deal, the merger control process can have a significant impact on the transaction timetable.

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