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
Date Written: October 18, 2012
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
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