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Mergers & Competition Commission Merger Control The merger control provisions of the EA 2002 apply to a transaction if it is
- A relevant merger situation; and
- It results, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition A takeover will constitute a 'relevant merger situation' if: a) It is not caught by the EU Merger Regulation a. EU Merger Regulation will apply if the merger constitutes a concentration with a Community dimension & merger will fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of the European Commission a.i. Art 3 of EU Merger Regulation provides that a concentration can arise on a.i.1. The merger of 2 or more independent undertakings or a.i.2. The acquisition of direct or indirect control of the whole or part of an undertaking or undertakings a.ii. Art 1 provides that concentration will have a community dimension if it fulfils certain turnover criteria Aggregate worldwide turnover of all parties exceeds 5,000million Euros and The aggregate community-wide turnover of at least 2 of the parties exceeds 250 million Euros OR The aggregate worldwide turnover of all parties exceeds 2,500 million Euros The aggregate Community-wide turnover of at least two of the parties exceeds 100 million Euros and in at least three Member States the aggregate turnover of all parties exceeds 100 million Euros and the aggregate turnover of at least 2 of the parties exceeds 25 million Euros. a.iii. A concentration will not have a community dimension if each of the parties achieves more than 2/3 of its Community-wide turnover within the same Member State b. If merger is caught by Regulation then parties must notify the European Commission before completion - merger cannot complete until it has been cleared b.i. Phase I - From notification the Commission has 25 days to decide that: b.i.1. It does not have jurisdiction because the merger does not fall within its scope b.i.2. It will clear the transaction or it will investigate the transaction further b.ii. Phase II - period of investigation if the Commission decides to investigate further b.ii.1. Can last up to 90 working days b.ii.1.a. It can be extended by 20 working days at the request of the parties or the Commission b.ii.1.b. Automatically extended by 15 workings days where the parties offer remedies after the 54th day of the Phase II investigation b.ii.2. At the end the Commission can b.ii.2.a. Clear the takeover b.ii.2.b. Allow the takeover to proceed subject to certain conditions b.ii.2.c. Block the takeover b.iii. A Member State can intervene to request repatriation of a case if it can demonstrate to the Commission that a reference back to the natural authorities is necessary b.iii.1. To protect legitimate interests; or b.iii.2. Art 9 Because the merger threatens significantly to affect competition in a distinct market within that Member State b) Two or more enterprises cease to be distinct a. 129(1) EA 2002 provides that an enterprise is the activities or part of the activities of a business. Business includes an undertaking carried on for gain or reward, or in the course of which goods or services are supplied otherwise than free of charge
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