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Mergers

When your business enters into a proposed merger, acquisition or joint venture arrangement, we'll ensure you understand the legal framework.

We offer an expert UK and EU merger control practice and a full suite of services relating to corporate transactions.

Our experienced competition lawyers provide pragmatic commercial advice from the outset. This allows you to plan and implement your deal in a compliant and efficient way.

We'll bring you up to speed on global merger control requirements and carry out a substantive risk assessment. We advise on corporate structures, merger notification strategies, and, where appropriate, remedies to secure clearance.

Having secured clearances from the merger control authorities in the UK, Brussels and many other jurisdictions across the world, we have extensive cross-border experience.

Also, if you're concerned about a proposed merger involving your competitors or suppliers, we can help you challenge the deal through the regulatory process.

Where we need to work alongside lawyers in other jurisdictions, we are part of the TerraLex network and have access to over 150 law firms in 100 jurisdictions across the globe.

Examples of work

MyFerryLink - advised in respect of the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA's) merger investigation into Eurotunnel's acquisition of former SeaFrance assets and the launch of the MyFerryLink business

DMG Media Ltd - acted in successfully securing CMA Phase I clearance for the sale of Evenbase Recruitment Limited (including its online job board, Jobsite) to Axel Springer's StepStone business (with its competing online job board, TotalJobs)

DMG Media Ltd - advised on the antitrust and merger control implications of the joint venture involving its discount voucher business, Wowcher

SportsDirect.com - successfully secured OFT merger clearance for its acquisition of stores from JJB Sports plc. (in administration)

ANV - advised on the multi-jurisdictional merger control aspects of its acquisition of Flagstone Reinsurance from Lloyd's of London and its acquisition from Ryan Specialty Group of an 80% stake in Jubilee Managing Agency Limited, another Lloyd's managing agent