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MOFCOM Clarified the Criteria of Simple Merger Cases


The merger control authority in the People’s Republic China (“PRC”), i.e. the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) newly issued the Interim Provisions on Criteria Applicable to Simple Cases of Concentrations of Business Operators (“Interim Provisions”) on 11 February 2014. By issuing the Interim Provisions, the MOFCOM clarified the criteria of simple cases for merger filing in the PRC and relevant exclusions as well as the scenario where the MOFCOM may revert to a full assessment under the normal merger review procedure. The new provisions took effect on 12 February 2014.

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Jie Lin, LL.M.