Public Interest Mergers

31 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2013

Date Written: March 15, 2013


This paper examines mergers in the UK which fall outside of the normal merger control system because they raise public interest considerations. It sets out the legal framework and focuses mainly on two controversial cases: the takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB in 2008 and the proposed acquisition by NewsCorp of the shares that it did not own in BSkyB between 2010-2011. It suggests that, as far and transparency and accountability are concerned, the record is mixed.

Keywords: Mergers, Media ownership

JEL Classification: K21, G34, L49

Suggested Citation

Graham, Cosmo, Public Interest Mergers (March 15, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Cosmo Graham (Contact Author)

Leicester Law School ( email )

University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

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