Guide

Mergers

Introduction

When you decide to merge businesses, through takeover, acquisition or a joint venture, you may be reducing competition in the market(s) in which you operate. If it is found that your merger will substantially lessen competition it may be prohibited or you may have conditions imposed upon you.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is responsible for investigating mergers in the UK. Mergers are only investigated if they meet certain criteria. If you are involved in a merger of any size, you will need legal advice.

This guide will explain what to do if you are involved in a merger above a certain size.