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Competition Section seminar: UK mergers update (12 March)

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Join us in London on Tuesday 12 March at 6pm for a Competition Section seminar updating you on UK merger control.

This seminar will provide an overview of substantive and procedural developments in UK merger control in 2018 and a look ahead to the challenges ahead in 2019, providing insight into what’s at the forefront of the CMA’s thinking in what is likely to be a pivotal year in UK merger control.

The seminar will cover:

  • an analysis of the most significant Phase 1 and Phase 2 cases in 2018
  • an overview of key trends in substantive assessment in 2018
  • an update on recent procedural infringements
  • current thinking on likely policy developments in 2019, and
  • the latest position on arrangements in relation to the UK’s exit from the EU.

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Colin Raftery

Colin Raftery, senior director of mergers, Competition and Markets Authority

Colin is senior director of mergers at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), where he leads the CMA’s team on a variety of merger cases and policy initiatives.

Prior to joining the CMA, he advised on all aspects of EU and UK competition law at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and, before that, at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Brussels and Washington DC.

Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Edinburgh and postgraduate degrees in law from the College of Europe, Bruges, and the University of Chicago.

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Benefits of Membership*

Competition Section renewals

The Competition Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Compliance and regulation
  • Brexit
  • Abuse of dominance
  • Damages actions
  • Mergers
  • Cartel enforcement
  • Dawn Raids
  • Sector Inquiries

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: seminars, podcasts, conference, Annual dinner, webinars and a LinkedIn group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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