ARTICLES : FRENCH COMPETITION AUTHORITY - MERGER CONTROL - LAW OF THE 4 AUGUST 2008 - RETAIL NETWORKS - FOOD STORE SUPERMARKETS

Mergers control : Overview of the 2010 decisions of the Competition Authority

The Competition Authority reached full speed with its merger control practice in 2010, clearing 198 mergers, including two cases in phase 2 decisions. Merger control regulations which were transferred from the DGCCRF to the Competition Authority only recently, in 2009 have been well integrated into the practice of the new French Competition Authority. What was one of the main challenges of the law of the 4th of August 2008 has been successfully met by the Competition Authority. If there is a question mark over any practice, it’s the decisional practice concerning retail networks, and most specifically, food supermarkets. The way the decisional practice of the Competition Authority is developing may soon be source of practical and theoretical problems.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. The purpose of this article is to present a first overview of the Competition Authority's merger control activities for the year 2010. If this is only a first overview, it is first of all because it is still a little early to have a complete view of the year 2010 in the field of merger control. At the time of writing, a number of decisions taken in 2010 have not yet been published. Other cases, notified in 2010, will have to be adopted in the coming days and weeks. This is also, in another way, a first overview, since 2010 will have been the first full calendar year of merger control for the Competition Authority. This first anniversary of the

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Jean-Mathieu Cot, Alice Blanchet, Mergers control : Overview of the 2010 decisions of the Competition Authority, February 2011, Concurrences N° 1-2011, Art. N° 33857, pp. 58-66

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