Merger Control

Monckton Chambers’ market-leading Merger Control Group provides “outsourced” merger control services for clients without a relevant merger control function, running the process in the UK, the EC and elsewhere as required. We are able to offer “bolt-on” services, supplementing a client’s existing team with strategic advice, drafting assistance etc.

Barristers at Monckton Chambers are technical experts, including economists and ex-City lawyers

Our recent cases include:

  • UK OFT – Cable & Wireless/Thus; Arqiva/BT SBS; Delta 2/Sainsbury; Transocean/GlobalSantaFe; Orbital/Ocean Park; Exottica/Oakley; Acco/General Binding; Skipton/Scarborough; Nationwide’s acquisitions of Portman, Cheshire and Derbyshire; DS Smith/BPB; Virgin Active/Holmes Place; WPP/PPG; William Hill/Stanley
  • UK Competition Commission – Live Nation/Ticketmaster; Game/Gamestation; Stonegate/Deans Food; EWS/Marcroft; Safeway; Ardagh/Redfearn; Emap/ABI; DS Smith/Linpac; Knauf/Superglass
  • UK Competition Appeal Tribunal – we have appeared in all of the CAT merger cases to date: Stagecoach; Eventim; Sports Direct; Morrison; BSkyB; Virgin; Merger Action Group; Aggregate Industries; Stericycle; Cooperative; Celesio; Somerfield; UniChem; IBA
  • European Commission – GE/Smiths Aerospace; GE/Smiths: Detection JV; Santander/Alliance & Leicester; APW/GMG/Emap; NewsCorp/Telepiù; Berkshire Hathaway/Marmon; Berkshire Hathway/TTI
  • EU General Court – Aer Lingus; Honeywell; Airtours; WorldCom

Our publications

  • Lindsay & Berridge, The EC Merger Regulation: Substantive Issues, 3rd ed., 2009
  • Dabbah & Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide
  • The merger control section of Weinberg & Blank on Takeovers and Mergers