The Irish Competition Authority publishes revised merger guidelines

On December 20, 2013 the Irish Competition Authority published its revised Guidelines for Merger Analysis. [1] These guidelines replace the last version, promulgated in December 2002. The Revised Guidelines have had the benefit of a request for comments (with ten resulting submissions [2]) following the publications of the guidelines in draft form on September 13, 2013. The draft guidelines were the subject of an earlier article in e-Competitions. [3] As the earlier article noted, this revision was probably overdue. The former guidelines were over eleven years old, during which time the Irish Authority considered over 600 merger applications. And, in the interim, other countries (most notably the UK, US and Canada) and the EU had updated their own guidelines. The Irish Authority

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Bruce Wardhaugh, The Irish Competition Authority publishes revised merger guidelines, 20 December 2013, e-Competitions December 2013, Art. N° 62305

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