Will New EU Merger Control Rules Be Good for Business?

September 2023
Region: Europe

From September 2023, a new “merger simplification package” applies to mergers and acquisitions that have to be notified to the European Commission (EC). Several of the changes are welcome – in particular, changes that should see more deals qualify for review under the simplified procedure, and some qualify for a new “super-simplified procedure”. Other aspects of the package, however, could increase the burden on businesses engaged in M&A, in particular private equity firms and other investment groups.

In this briefing, we will summarise the key points of the new package and their expected impact.