German merger control regime: An overview

In over 35 years of its existence, the German merger control regime has gained a strong reputation all over the world due to its influential [1] role in post-war Europe, high rate of enforcement and the important place held by the competition authority in charge of its enforcement, the Bundeskartellamt [2] (Federal Cartel Office, referred to in the following as the FCO), in the daily economic landscape of Germany. The decisions of the FCO (be they cartel-related, cases of abuse of dominant positions or merger control decisions) are regularly commented on by the press, and then not only by the business papers. In its latest activity report, covering the years 2005 and 2006 [3], the FCO noted that the record for the largest number of notified operations was broken in 2006 ; with 1,829

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Frank Röhling, Bertrand Guerin, German merger control regime: An overview, 22 October 2008, e-Competitions October 2008, Art. N° 22120

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