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The French Competition Authority encourages delay of new mergers, requires electronic submission, and extends processing times as special measures due to COVID-19

Adaptation of merger control procedures due to Coronavirus COVID-19*

Given the health situation in France, the Autorité de la concurrence is forced to put in place extensive preventive measures. The services of the Autorité are working remotely since 17 March 2020.

Time limits for processing merger cases

Although we strive to ensure the continuity of public service, measures to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic will have an impact on our ability to deal with merger cases with our usual diligence. In particular, gathering information from third parties will be made more difficult. Therefore the Autorité will not be able to guarantee the usual processing times in the light of the situation, and the terms and conditions for examining transactions already notified or which will be notified in the coming weeks may be adjusted taking into account exceptional circumstances.

Postponement of economic merger projects

Companies are invited to postpone any plan for economic merger that is not urgent.

Exchange of documents

The Autorité’s premises closed at 11 a.m. On 17 March 2020. Deliveries of documents in physical form, by hand or by post are no longer possible. Companies are invited to communicate any notification or document exclusively by electronic means to the email address of the mergers unit: controle.concentrations@autoritedelaconcurrence.fr or by using the dematerialized notification platform (see details here). Delivery of the master copies documents will be arranged later.

*This is the original title of the press release. The title above has been amended in order to match the e-Competitions format. Individual authors are welcome to provide original independent commentaries on the case law. Articles are subject to approval by the Board of e-Competitions Bulletin before publication based on the Editorial Policy (click here).

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority encourages delay of new mergers, requires electronic submission, and extends processing times as special measures due to COVID-19, 18 March 2020, e-Competitions Preview, Art. N° 93774

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