The EU Commission consults on a possible amendment of the EU merger control regime

The one-handed European Merger Simplification Project?* Like the European Commission, I am confident that the European Merger Simplification Project will bring benefits for clients. As many commentators have affirmed, I do not doubt that the increase of the currently applicable market share thresholds for the identification of horizontally and vertically “affected markets” by 5 per cent to 20% and 30% respectively will allow more cases to be treated with less pain. Equally, the “safe harbour” for mergers with very small increments in concentration should be welcomed. If this leads to a lesser administrative burden for companies trying to business in Europe during these continuingly difficult times, then all the better. However, I am concerned that these improvements are accompanied by

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  • Baker McKenzie (Brussels)

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Gavin Bushell, The EU Commission consults on a possible amendment of the EU merger control regime, 20 June 2013, e-Competitions June 2013, Art. N° 53898

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