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Global Competition Review – The Europe, Middle East and Antitrust Review 2022 – UK: Merger Control in the Post-Brexit Landscape

  • United Kingdom
  • Competition, EU and Trade
  • Mergers and acquisitions

02-08-2021

Merger Control in the Post-Brexit Landscape

The past year has seen the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) assume exclusive authority to review transactions falling within the scope of the UK merger control regime.

The digital sector, killer acquisitions and the risk of under enforcement have continued to be priorities for the CMA over the last 12 months, whilst also publishing new guidance as to how its review processes will align with other merger control and regulatory processes. We also saw the introduction of the new standalone, comprehensive and far-reaching national security and investment regime.

For the Global Competition Review's Europe, Middle East And Africa Antritrust Review 2022, our Competition team contributed the chapter on UK Merger Control, covering the key discussion points from the last year, including:

  • CMA’s updated Merger Assessment Guidance and guidance on jurisdiction and procedure
  • CMA’s increased willingness to intervene in transactions and enforce the UK regime
  • new UK merger control regime for certain transactions in digital markets
  • new National Security and Investment Act 2021

 

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Accreditation: An extract from GCR’s Europe, Middle East And Africa Antitrust Review 2022, first published in July 2021. The whole publication is available at https://globalcompetitionreview.com/review/the-european-middle-eastern-and-african-antitrust-review/2022

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The past year has seen the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) assume exclusive authority to review transactions falling within the scope of the UK merger control regime.

The digital sector, killer acquisitions and the risk of under enforcement have continued to be priorities for the CMA over the last 12 months, whilst also publishing new guidance as to how its review processes will align with other merger control and regulatory processes. We also saw the introduction of the new standalone, comprehensive and far-reaching national security and investment regime.

For the Global Competition Review's Europe, Middle East And Africa Antritrust Review 2022, our Competition team contributed the chapter on UK Merger Control, covering the key discussion points from the last year, including:

  • CMA’s updated Merger Assessment Guidance and guidance on jurisdiction and procedure
  • CMA’s increased willingness to intervene in transactions and enforce the UK regime
  • new UK merger control regime for certain transactions in digital markets
  • new National Security and Investment Act 2021