Merger Control

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We have a long and extensive track record of advising clients on merger control requirements and representing them in merger control proceedings, especially before the Office for the Protection of Competition (Úřad pro ochranu hospodářské soutěže). Each year we notify a high number of transactions to the competent competition authorities and coordinate filings worldwide. We cooperate closely with our CMS M&A team which consistently advises on the greatest number of M&A transactions of all law firms in Europe. In addition, many clients entrust us directly with their merger control cases. 

Our wide-spread footprint with CMS offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America combined with a very extensive network of long-established contacts across all other relevant countries worldwide (e.g., via the World Law Group) allows us to offer a one-stop shop solution for all of our clients’ transactions. 

We help our clients establish an optimal merger control strategy to maximise the prospects of clearance and reduce the risk of delays. We have represented clients successfully in landmark cases, for example concerning 4 to 3 mergers in which they have shaped their industry in major sectors of the economy.

On a daily basis we steer our clients through any “gun-jumping” pitfalls in the context of the due diligence process and the preparatory phase between signing and closing. And we set up the necessary safety mechanisms to ensure compliance with competition laws during the transaction process (clean teams, data rooms etc.). 

We also represent the interests of third parties to achieve their strategic goals concerning mergers between other industry players.