UK Expands Merger Review Powers for National Security Transactions

UK Expands Merger Review Powers for National Security Transactions


By: Tobias Caspary, Neda Moussavi, Max Küttner

On 11 June 2018, the UK government (“UK Govt”) revised its merger control thresholds to allow it to review smaller mergers that have the potential to raise national security concerns.

The new thresholds allow the UK Govt to review a merger in certain sectors, where the target's UK turnover is £1m (down from £70m), or where the target has a share of supply in the UK of at least 25% (even where there is no overlap between the acquirer and target's activities).

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