Recent Developments in EU Merger Remedies

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Halfway through her five-year term as Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager has established a reputation for subjecting mergers to heavy scrutiny.1 Under her tenure, the Commission has effectively prohibited an average of 2.7 mergers per year, compared to just 1.2 under her predecessor Joaquín Almunia,2 and has intervened in 6.8 per cent of notified concentrations, up from 3.9 per cent under Almunia.3 But Commissioner Vestager and her services are acutely aware that intervening in mergers can be fraught with difficulties.