Merger Control and Practice in the BRIC Countries vs. the EU and the US: The Facts

11 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2012 Last revised: 1 Jan 2015

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Karel Cool

INSEAD - Strategy

Nicolas Harle

Boston Consulting Group - Paris Office

Philippe Ombregt

INSEAD

Date Written: October 18, 2012

Abstract

In the past five years, each of the BRIC countries has revised its merger control policies and practice, changing the conditions for competing in these markets. In this article, we provide the facts about M&A activity in the BRIC countries vs. the EU and the US. The data show: 1.) compared to either the EU or the US, M&A transactions in the BRIC cluster as a whole were in 2011 about half the number of transactions. In 2001, the BRIC’s had only a twentieth of the M&A transactions of the EU and a twenty-fifth of the M&A transactions of the US; 2.) the towering and increasing M&A importance of China compared to India and Brazil; 3.) Brazil and Russia had a very restrictive approach concerning filing requirements, hugely inflating their reviews compared to India and China.

Keywords: merger control, BRIC, M & A activity, merger filing requirements

Suggested Citation

Cool, Karel and Harle, Nicolas and Ombregt, Philippe, Merger Control and Practice in the BRIC Countries vs. the EU and the US: The Facts (October 18, 2012). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2012/99/ST. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2163437 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2163437

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Nicolas Harle

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Philippe Ombregt

INSEAD ( email )

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77305 Fontainebleau Cedex
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