Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

Matt Richards

17 January 2019

Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

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At the end of 2018, the European Commission approved two mergers at Phase I that the companies had notified to the enforcer several months earlier – but had then withdrawn and re-filed. Observers say the tactic, a standard option in US merger practice, is becoming more common in the EU to avoid costly Phase II reviews.