Merger Control

Corporate restructuring through mergers and acquisitions is a fact of business life. There is a natural tendency for markets to consolidate over take through a process of horizontal and vertical integration.

The main issue is whether a proposed merger leads to a substantial lessening of competitive pressures in the market and risks leading to a level of market concentration when collusive behavior might become a reality.

When companies combine via a merger, an acquisition or the creation of a joint venture, this generally has a positive impact on markets:

• Firms usually become more efficient
• Competition intensifies
• The final consumer will benefit from higher-quality goods at fairer prices

However, mergers which create or strengthen a dominant market position are prohibited in order to prevent ensuing abuses. Acquiring a dominant position by buying out competitors is in contravention of EU competition law and ATOS managers this cycle.



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