Competition

Agency decision-making in merger cases: Prohibition and conditional clearances

 

When analysing mergers which risk generating anti-competitive effects, competition agencies often consider the trade-off between prohibiting the transaction and granting a conditional clearance. While it is clear that agencies should establish that a transaction generates anti-competitive effects to either prohibit it or impose conditions to its clearance, the point beyond which sufficient harm is assumed to be established, and a prohibition decision or the imposition of remedies are justified, is not always clear.

In November 2016, the OECD held a roundtable to explore competition authorities’ approaches to prohibiting mergers or accepting remedies to achieve a conditional clearance. The discussion provided insights into the factors that competition authorities consider when making their decision.

Read the detailed summary of the discussion • Voir le compte rendu détaillé de la discussion

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NOVEMBER 2016 SESSION DOCUMENTATION

Key documents and panellists information

» Executive summary with key findings Synthèse et points cléfs

» Detailed summary of discussion • Compte rendu détaillé de la discussion

» Background Note by the OECD Secretariat • Note de Référence du Secrétariat

Panellists

Nicholas LEVY Bio
Solicitor, England and Wales 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Paula RIEDEL Bio
Partner, 
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 

 

Contributions from participants

Summaries of all contributions

Australia 

Belgium

BIAC 

Colombia 

Canada 

Costa Rica SUTEL 

Estonia 

Germany

Italy 

Japan 

Korea 

Latvia

 

 

Lithuania

Mexico IFT

Mexico COFECE

Netherlands 

Norway 

Portugal

Russia 

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden 

Chinese Taipei 

United Kingdom 

United States 

PRESENTATIONS

 

RELATED POLICY ROUNDTABLES

Remedies in cross-border merger cases, 2013

Impact evaluation of merger decisions, 2011

Remedies in merger cases, 2011

Merger remedies, 2003

 

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