The UK Competition Authority launches consultation on revised merger assessment guidelines

Following its review of a series of global deals in the digital markets space, [1] the U.K.’s Competition & Markets Authority (the CMA) has launched a consultation on revised merger assessment guidelines (the draft guidelines) codifying its evolving practice in the digital sector and addressing recommendations made by the Furman report (Unlocking digital competition: Report from the Digital Competition Expert Panel) and the Lear report (Ex-post Assessment of Merger Control Decisions in Digital Markets). [2] The draft guidelines feature a new section on “loss of future competition” that focuses on recently developed theories of harm, such as “killer acquisitions” and innovation competition. The draft guidelines signal the CMA’s growing willingness to engage in enforcement in the face of

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  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (London)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (London)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)

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Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, Aurora Luoma, Nick Wolfe, Tom R. Selwyn Sharpe, The UK Competition Authority launches consultation on revised merger assessment guidelines, 17 November 2020, e-Competitions November 2020, Art. N° 98181

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