The EU Commission launches a consultation on aspects of EU merger control

EU Commission consults on merger control reform* The EU Commission recently launched a consultation on ‘procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU Merger Control’ (the Consultation), which most notably proposes the introduction of a deal-size threshold in the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) to capture significant acquisitions where the target does not meet the current turnover-based thresholds. The Consultation follows a number of comments by Commissioner Vestager, notably in her speech 'Refining the EU Merger Control System'. The Commission is concerned in particular with transactions in the digital services and pharma sectors. The most often cited example of an important transaction that fell below the EUMR thresholds is Facebook/WhatsApp. However, that transaction was in fact reviewed

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James R. Modrall, The EU Commission launches a consultation on aspects of EU merger control, 7 October 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2016, Art. N° 81706

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