Germany: Merger Control

Germany has a long and well-established merger control regime that has existed since 1973. Every year, around 1,000 transactions are notified to the Federal Cartel Office. While the number of merger notifications has dropped quite significantly as a result of the introduction of a second domestic turnover threshold in 2009, the comparably low thresholds continue to apply to a large number of transactions in which the undertakings involved have business activities in Germany.