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EU merger control in 2016-2017: shifting account settings?

Craig Pouncey et al., Global Competition Review, 14 August 2017

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In spite of the dual shocks of the outcome of the UK referendum on Brexit and US presidential election, 2016 was once again a busy year for EU M&A activity.

The year indeed continued the previous few years’ trend of increasing numbers of notifications to the European Commission (the Commission), with 362 transactions notified in 2016, compared to 337 in 2015. This represented the second-highest number of notifications ever received by the Commission, beaten only by the pre-crisis 2007 peak of 402. With 153 notifications already made as at 31 May 2017, this trend looks well on track to continue in 2017.

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