UK Merger Spotlight

Below is my current shortlist of the most interesting recent pieces of writing relevant to mergers and UK merger control.

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Why Data Network Effects And Normal Network Effects Mustn’t Be Confused

Andrei Hagiu and Julian Wright look here at an issue that is getting increasing attention in merger control.

(Posted here January 2021)

Competition In The Mobile Phone Industry

Ofcom’s latest analysis¬†says that previous studies in this area do not support claims about the benefits of consolidation for investment/quality outcomes.

(Posted here January 2021)

Which Types Of Merger Succeed?

Andy West and colleagues summarise their research here.

(Posted here December 2020)

Why So Many Merging Companies Are Surprised By The CMA

In this article Koen Smets discusses approaches to forward thinking that would help many merging firms contemplating a UK merger investigation.

My 2019 blog on UK merger control risk assessment also touches on the points raised.

(Posted here December 2020)

The CMA Should Have Sought More Evidence

Andrew Lidbetter and colleagues summarise here the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s findings in the continuing JD Sports/Foot Asylum saga.

(Posted here December 2020)

More ‘Conservative’ UK Merger Decisions

In this article Theodore Souris and colleagues argue that the CMA has become more ‘conservative’ in its merger decisions.

(Posted here December 2020)

The Long Arm Of UK Merger Jurisdiction

Simon Pritchard and Verity Egerton-Doyle reflect here on recent cases caught up in the CMA’s ‘elastic’ jurisdiction.

(Posted here December 2020)

CMA Mergers – A More Streamlined Process Ahead?

Omar Shar and Gabrielle Martin consider here some of the changes on which the CMA is consulting.

(Posted here November 2020)


The shortlist is updated regularly. 

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