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Tougher merger control enforcement – a trend here to stay?

Enrica Schaefer, Jenny Leahy, Rikki Haria and Jennifer Mellott

The 2024 edition of Getting the Deal Through: Merger Control has been published. This annual overview of global merger control has been led by Freshfields in partnership with Law Business Research for the past 28 years. The current edition covers the basic principles of merger control regulation in 59 jurisdictions worldwide. In this blog, we introduce the opening chapter which considers the key developments in the recent global shift towards tougher merger control enforcement—a trend that looks set to continue into 2024.

Over the past year, competition authorities globally have continued to make a move towards more stringent merger control enforcement. This follows an increasingly shared view among authorities and politicians across multiple jurisdictions that excessive consolidation in certain industries has been exacerbated in the past by a lenient approach to merger control enforcement. This overall trend has manifested itself in an increasing number of transactions being blocked, requiring remedies, or being abandoned by the merging parties.

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