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Anti-competitive buyer power under UK and EC merger control — too much of a good thing?

June 2018
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While mergers that increase a customer's buyer power are traditionally considered beneficial for competition, the UK Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission are increasingly assessing whether this may have anti-competitive effects.

In this chapter for Global Legal Insights: Merger Control 2018, Burak Darbaz, Ben Forbes and Mat Hughes consider the circumstances that lead to anti-competitive buyer power, assess related theories of harm, and evaluate recent UK and EU merger cases.

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Burak Darbaz

Vice President, London

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Ben Forbes

Senior Vice President, London