UK Merger Spotlight – 2018 Highlights

As regular readers will know, my UK Merger Spotlight page contains up to half a dozen articles relevant to UK merger control, written by a range of leading experts in the field and regularly updated.

Here is my selection of some of the 2018 highlights from my UK Merger Spotlight Page…..171121-spotlight

Rats in Hanoi: Why Competition Remedies Need Rigorous Testing

Christoper Woolard’s recent speech on why remedy-testing is so important.

Merger Investigations If There Is A ‘No Deal’ Brexit

Latham and Watkins set out their view here on how the merger process may work.

A Fine Example

Nigel Seay and Stephen Whitfield report on the £100,000 fine handed down by the CMA to Electro Rent during its recent merger investigation. The link is here.

Why UK M&A Are Booming

EY’s Steve Ivermee looks in detail at the latest figures. The article is here.

200 More Mergers To Be Examined?

Bloomberg’s article describes the proposed changes relating to mergers with national security aspects.

The Risks In Not Making Your Merger Public – A Recent Reminder

Burges Salmon highlight the risks, as demonstrated in a case now entangled in a long merger investigation. The article is here.

The CMA’s Approach To EU Mergers Once The U.K. Leaves The EU

Ronan Scanlan set out his thoughts here.

Opportunities For UK Competition Policy Outside The EU

In this speech, the CMA’s Michael Grenfell gives an upbeat assessment of some of the benefits of being outside the EU.

Ten Questions To Ask Your Lawyers When Embarking On A Joint Venture

Some companies see a JV as an alternative to merger. This CMA blog should be essential reading for those considering a JV.

Most Mergers Increase Competition, Not Reduce It

This U.S. study challenges previous results.

Overcoming Confirmation Bias 

Confirmation bias is a prime challenge to planning and implementing mergers and often inhibits good case-making. Here are some interesting thoughts on what to do about it from Anthony Fitzsimmons.

Latest Guide To The UK’s Merger Control Regime

Clifford Chance have just published this guide to the UK merger control regime .

UK Merger Activity At A Ten-Year High

Here is EY’s assessment of the figures for the first quarter of 2018.

The CMA May Tighten Its Approach To Gathering Internal Documents

Dentons have provided a useful summary of the CMA’s proposed changes.

EU and US Merger Enforcement in 2017

Here is Arnold & Porter’s extensive review of EU and US merger enforcement in 2017

More Intervention, Longer Investigations and Record Fines

See Allen and Overy’s latest research on global trends in merger control enforcement


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