UK Merger Control Regime Is More Than Just Voluntary

Law360 | December.26.2017

Orrick’s Douglas Lahnborg and Saira Henry co-authored an article in Law360 about the merger process in the UK, and whether companies should consider seeking approval from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The authors note that “companies going through the merger review process in the UK are discovering that it may be preferable to notify the CMA of an anticipated merger, even though notification is not mandatory, not least because it is the CMA’s standard practice for “completed mergers” it calls in for investigation to impose an “Initial Enforcement Order” that applies worldwide and that can be seriously disruptive.