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The economics of UK merger control: retrospect and prospect

July 2017
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Writing for the Global Legal Group’s sixth edition of Merger Control, Ben Forbes and Mat Hughes discuss how UK merger control has evolved over the past three years since the Competition and Markets Authority took responsibility.

At a glance

  • Although UK merger control has continued to evolve, its overall appraisal of mergers continues to be stable and consistent.
  • UK merger control has already been subject to material fine-tuning in recent years.
  • It’s difficult to identify any radical reforms that wouldn't risk compromising the current system’s efficacy.

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