Merger control

Merger control

"The team invests time in understanding our business, and so when it gives advice, it can put it in the context of the market and competition law."

Client quote - Chambers UK 2013

The merger control rules enable the competition authorities to scrutinise corporate deals on competition grounds.

Whilst merger control will have little or no impact on some deals, in others it can be central to the commercial viability of the transaction.

Our team has considerable experience of advising on the merger control implications of transactions, both in the UK and elsewhere.

We work seamlessly alongside our corporate colleagues on deals on which the firm is instructed on the main corporate aspects.

Clients will also often ask us to provide standalone merger control advice on deals that are either in the planning stage or on which another firm is instructed for the corporate work.

In some cases, merger control will be a major factor in the context of the overall deal. In others, it will play only a very minor role. Either way, we recognise that clients value clear, no-nonsense advice which they can factor into their broader strategy for the transaction.

Work highlights

  • Advising Experian plc on merger control aspects of a range of transactions
  • Advising Pall Corporation on non-US merger control aspects of the acquisition of Forte Bio
  • Advising Trimble Navigation on non-US merger control aspects of the acquisition of AceCad's 'StruCad' business
  • Advising Tradebe Environmental Services Ltd on merger law issues of the completed healthcare risk waste joint venture between Tradebe Environmental Services Ltd and Sita UK Limited resulting in Competition Commission clearance on 28th March 2014