Merger Control in the European Union: An Overview

    View Author December 2016

    All in-house counsel will be aware of the merger control rules that grant competition authorities the power to monitor, assess and even modify or prohibit M&A activity. There are very few jurisdictions around the world that do not enforce some form of merger control and, with the notable exception of Luxembourg, all 28 EU Member States can require the notification of mergers. This requirement can be triggered by sales into a Member State, irrespective of where a business is registered or based. As such, being familiar with the merger control rules is important not only for companies that are located in the EU, but for all companies that conduct business in the region.