UK Merger Spotlight


Here is my current shortlist of the most interesting recent pieces of writing relevant to mergers and merger control:


Why Mergers Fail

This report presents a recent survey by Mergermarket of executives involved in ‘failed’ deals to find out what went wrong and what they would do differently. Many firms underestimated how their competitors would respond.

(Posted December 2017)

EU and US Merger Enforcement in 2017

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

(Posted March 2018)

The CMA May Tighten Its Approach To Gathering Internal Documents

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

(Posted April 2018)

UK Merger Activity At A Ten-Year High

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

(Posted April 2018)

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.

(Posted April 2018)

The shortlist is updated regularly. 

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Material contained in the shortlist articles expresses the views of the authors of the articles and does not imply endorsement or agreement.