In a global regulatory environment, merger control analysis is an essential part of any cross-border transaction. Implementation is usually prohibited prior to clearance being obtained and, if you get it wrong, the penalties can be severe.

We provide fast and accurate multi-jurisdictional merger analysis to identify jurisdictions where filings are needed and the impact of those filings on the transaction timetable. We will identify at an early stage whether your transactions may raise competition concerns and develop coherent market analyses (and commitments, where necessary) to use as a basis for negotiating with merger control regulators to minimise the possibility of a more detailed Phase II investigation.  Where a Phase II investigation is unavoidable, our team around Europe is ideally placed to handle even the largest cases.

Pre-approval integration planning can be essential to ensuring smooth implementation of a transaction once approval is obtained. But "gun-jumping" before clearance can expose you to the risk of penalties.  We work closely with you to protect your position while the transaction is subject to regulatory scrutiny. 

We have assisted clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including oil and gas, telecoms, transportation and agribusiness.


Notable deals / highlights

  • Represented Vodafone on the merger control aspects of its UK m-commerce joint venture with EE and Telefonica UK.

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