Merger clearance

Present in two major financial centers in Europe, London antitrust law firm Crefovi secures unconditional merger clearances for complex and high-stakes transactions around the world.

Merger clearanceSecuring regulatory merger clearance for challenging, strategic deals

Transactions over a certain size require that companies and investors first obtain merger clearance from antitrust enforcement agencies around the world. Crefovi, seconded by its global network of local counsels, helps to secure those approvals while protecting clients’ commercial interests, with a team that fully understands their businesses, transactions and the antitrust review process.

As the United States and the European Union increasingly coordinate their global merger investigations, companies need a firm that is highly skilled in securing clearances on both sides of the Atlantic and in coordinating with other jurisdictions. With premier European teams working seamlessly with their local counsels in the United States, Crefovi supports clients to secure unconditional clearances for transactions receiving close regulatory scrutiny.

One-stop merger clearance shop

The ‟Antitrust & competition” practice of Crefovi provides clients with a tightly integrated, global platform for securing antitrust, competition and other regulatory merger clearances. The team works closely with clients and the firm’s mergers & acquisitions practice, and industry groups, to develop and deploy a deep understanding of the structure and timing of the deal, the business case, the industry and the practical competitive impact. The team designs strategies to get the deal done and handles every aspect of the antitrust review process, including:

  • regulatory covenants and antitrust risk assessment and allocation;
  • due diligence and integration planning;
  • ‟Gun-jumping” compliance;
  •  merger notification clearances;
  • pre-notification meetings and advocacy before authorities;
  • working with expert economists as appropriate, and
  • defending mergers in court when necessary.

Effectively representing clients involved in merger clearance involves anticipating, preparing for and addressing any questions antitrust enforcers may raise about the deal. Skilled in dealing with enforcement authorities from the European Commission and other authorities in member- states, Crefovi lawyers negotiate creative solutions, and, when necessary, defend clients’ deals against decisions to block a transaction. For the few deals that require defense in court, the firm offers a deep, experienced bench.

A global network

Clients praise Crefovi’s lawyers for their responsiveness & ability to understand the technical, business and legal aspects of each antitrust & competition transaction and come back, matter after matter, to be advised by them.

While London and Paris based, we routinely work across borders. The vast majority of our engagements are multi-jurisdictional. We are used to working in multinational teams, and rely on our network of specialist lawyers for support in other jurisdictions.

The team has therefore established an extensive international network of antitrust & competition contacts and a close association with other specialist lawyers worldwide. Our history of successes in high profile, politically sensitive matters reflects an ability to act swiftly and with the utmost discretion.


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