- Change ahead for the EU merger control system?
- In 2014, under the leadership of Commissioner Almunia, the Commission proposed a number of EUMR reforms, including extending the regulation's scope to cover certain minority non-controlling investments and improving the existing referral mechanisms. How has Commissioner Vestager changed the Commission's direction in this area?
- What can the Commission do to capture competitively significant transactions where at least one party has little turnover (and the EUMR thresholds aren't met)?
- Besides reforms to capture more transactions, what steps is Commissioner Vestager contemplating to expedite the treatment of transactions that are already caught but raise no competitive issues?
- Whatever happened to Commissioner Almunia's other EUMR reforms, and what are Commissioner Vestager's plans?
- On balance, how do the competition Bar and the business community view Commissioner Vestager's strategy in the merger control field?
Competition analysis: Reforming the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) did not initially seem to be a priority for Commissioner Vestager, but a number of recent comments—notably her speech ‘Refining the EU Merger Control System’—suggests this may be about to change. Jay Modrall, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Brussels, discusses Commissioner Vestager’s comments and considers what reforms the Commission may seek to introduce.
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