The UK Competiton and Markets Authority exercises its powers to impose interim enforcement Orders with flexibility (Marston Holdings / Collectica)

United Kingdom: Merger Control Interim Enforcement Orders* Two unusual features of the United Kingdom’s merger control regime are that notification is voluntary and there is no ‘suspension’ obligation. This means that mergers can be – and routinely are – completed without notification to and/or approval by the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”). In this article, I examine the CMA’s use of its new powers to impose interim measures in the case of completed mergers. Through these powers, the CMA can prevent or limit the integration of the merged businesses pending completion of the CMA’s merger review. Self-evidently, this can have significant commercial consequences for the merging parties, in particular the acquiring party. Background: notification is voluntary, but the CMA routinely

Access to this article is restricted to subscribers

Already Subscribed? Sign-in

Access to this article is restricted to subscribers.

Read one article for free

Sign-up to read this article for free and discover our services.

 

PDF Version

Author

  • St John’s Chambers (Bristol)

Quotation

Matthew O'Regan, The UK Competiton and Markets Authority exercises its powers to impose interim enforcement Orders with flexibility (Marston Holdings / Collectica), 6 August 2014, e-Competitions Interim measures, Art. N° 69380

Visites 426

All issues

  • Latest News issue 
  • All News issues
  • Latest Special issue 
  • All Special issues