The UK Competition Authority publishes a Guidance on changes to the jurisdictional thresholds for UK mergers control and extends the control on mergers related to sensitive sectors

GREATER NATIONAL SECURITY SCRUTINY AT THE HEART OF NEW UK MERGER CONTROL REFORMS* This week the UK Government enacted two new Orders which lower the UK merger control thresholds under the Enterprise Act 2002. The legislation extends the jurisdiction of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Secretary of State to investigate mergers in certain sensitive sectors of the UK economy which may have national security implications. The new Orders will come into force on 11 June 2018. These Orders will extend the reach of the UK merger control system to deals of a much smaller value. As a result, the sale or purchase of companies engaged in activities covered by the Orders may face additional regulatory hurdles and scrutiny as to whether they are likely to be in the public

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  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (London)

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Robert Bell, The UK Competition Authority publishes a Guidance on changes to the jurisdictional thresholds for UK mergers control and extends the control on mergers related to sensitive sectors, 11 June 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2018, Art. N° 88525

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