The EU Commission opens consultations seeking views on possible improvements of the EU Merger Regulation, in particular extending its scope to the acquisition of non-controlling minority shareholdings

Minority Report? The EC’s public consultation on minority shareholdings* On 25 June 2013, the European Commission launched a public consultation entitled “Towards more effective EU Merger Control” in which the Commission proposes to (i) expand its powers to review non-controlling minority interests and (ii) streamline the case referral system between the Commission and NCAs. The proposals in respect of minority shareholdings will have a profound impact on corporate M&A activities in Europe. In short, the Commission proposes extending the EU Merger Regulation to catch certain “structural links” – e.g. an acquisition of a minority shareholding that does not confer the ability to exercise decisive influence under the EU Merger Regulation but potentially allows the holder of the interest

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  • Baker McKenzie (Brussels)

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Gavin Bushell, The EU Commission opens consultations seeking views on possible improvements of the EU Merger Regulation, in particular extending its scope to the acquisition of non-controlling minority shareholdings, 25 June 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2013, Art. N° 54839

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