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Asking a Lot:The Information Demands in European Merger Filings Are Enormous

Axel Schulz and Cornelius Börner, Competition Law Insight, September 2016

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The explanation of the merger control procedure available on the European Commission’s website mentions the power to “request information from the merging companies or third parties”. As presented it seems fairly peripheral. In practice, the truth is the opposite: the European Commission makes enormous use of its right to demand an increasing amount of information from the merging parties.

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