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Merger Control lawyers

Merger control is a vitally important element of many transactions. The early identification of where a transaction needs to be notified, and the incorporation of the most appropriate merger control strategy within the deal approach, is essential to its success. If merger control is neglected, the transaction may not proceed, may need to be undone or may not realise its full potential. Our expertise in obtaining merger clearances in the UK, before the European Commission and across the world will smooth the complexities of making your deal happen and help to avoid any nasty surprises. Our primary objective is to ensure that merger control is dealt with efficiently and puts you in the strongest position.

The CMS Competition Group is one of the largest in Europe. As a result, you are assured of a seamless service to obtain swift merger clearances for multi-jurisdictional deals.

We have extensive experience of coordinating merger filings in international transactions, enabling us to lead clients safely through the maze of formal and informal processes. We can advise early in a transaction on how a deal structure will be treated under merger control laws and whether a transaction is likely to give rise to any substantive concerns; can prepare universal merger control submissions to ensure a consistent and cost-effective approach when making filings; and are experienced at negotiating favourable remedies with the competition authorities to secure clearance.

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Caroline Hobson
Part­ner
Co-head of Competition
United Kingdom, London
Caroline Hobson is a partner in CMS London specialising in competition, procurement and sanctions matters.She advises clients on the application of EU and UK sanctions rules, helping to identify risks...
Kabir Garyali
Kabir Garyali
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Kabir is Of Counsel in the CMS Competition Team in London. He has practised in the field of EU and UK competition law and merger control for over 7 years.His experience includes conduct of merger control...
Jacqueline Vallat
Jacqueline Vallat
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Jackie Vallat is a Senior Associate in the Competition & Trade Team in London and advises on a range of antitrust and merger control issues, including obtaining EU and UK merger control clearances, EU...
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Russell Hoare
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Russell regularly advises on merger control, behavioural cases, compliance, market investigations, abuse of dominance, public procurement, State aid and consumer protection law, both at EU and UK level.He...
Ruth Derruau
Ruth Derruau
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Ruth is an Associate in the Competition & Trade Team in London. She has advised on a range of antitrust, merger control, regulatory and procurement matters for over seven years. Ruth advises clients across...
Jonathan Carter-Lewis
Jonathan Carter-Lewis
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Jonathan is an associate in our Competition & Trade team in London. He advises on a number of areas including matters relating to merger control, antitrust investigations and market investigations.The...
John Kontogeorges
John Kontogeorges
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
John is an associate in the Competition & Trade team. He advises on EU and UK competition law, in particular antitrust investigations and merger control. John has experience advising on competition law...
Madeeha Anthony
Madeeha Anthony
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Madeeha is an Associate in the Competition & EU Team at CMS. She advises clients across the full spectrum of antitrust issues including: UK and EU merger control, antitrust compliance, cartel investigations,...