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Leaflet reference Publication title and description
Merger fees Merger fees (August 2012)
Leaflet describing the fees payable for mergers qualifying for investigation
Mergers fee information (pdf 65 kb)
Good practice guide Good practice in the design and presentation of consumer survey evidence in merger inquiries (March 2011)
The Guide sets out principles to assess quantitative consumer survey research + response
Good practice guide (pdf 314 kb) Good practice guide consultation response (pdf 261 kb)
Quick Guide A quick guide to UK merger assessment (March 2011)
A joint guide by the OFT and the Competition Commission
Quick merger guide (pdf 462 kb)
oft1305 Commentary on retail mergers - a joint report by the OFT and the Competition Commission (March 2011)
This paper provides a commentary on three of the most frequently asked questions from retaiilers and their advisers regarding past merger cases.
OFT1305/CC2 com 2 Commentary on retail mergers V1a (pdf 345 kb)
Merger notice Merger notice (December 2010)
This Merger notice is to be used for notifying the OFT of proposed mergers that will not be completed before expiry of the consideration period
Merger notice under section 96 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (pdf 123 kb)
oft1254 Merger Assessment Guidelines - a joint publication of the Competition Commission and the OFT (September 2010)
Explains the approach of the OFT when considering whether or not to refer a merger to the CC for further investigation and the approach of the CC when exploring more extensively the statutory questions posed in merger references.
OFT1254 Merger Assessment Guidelines (pdf 709 kb)
oft527 Mergers - jurisdictional and procedural guidance (June 2009)
This guidance forms part of the advice and information published by the Office of Fair Trading (the OFT) under section 106 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act).
Jurisdictional and procedural guidance (pdf 1.98 mb)
OFT1091 Review of the local and regional media merger regime (June 2009)
The OFT carried out a review of the merger regime as it applies to the local and regional media sector.
Review of the local and regional media merger regime (pdf 594 kb)
oft767 Ex post evaluation of mergers (March 2005)
An ex post evaluation of a group of mergers between 1990 and 2002 that were referred to the Competition Commission and subsequently cleared.
Ex post evaluation of mergers (pdf 518 kb)
oft 516 Mergers - substantive assessment guidance (May 2003)
Provides guidance on the criteria applied by the OFT when considering whether to refer a merger to the Competition Commission for further investigation
Mergers - Substantive assessment guidance (pdf 234 kb)
oft 036 Mergers (September 2002)
Describes the procedures under the Fair Trading Act 1973 for the control of mergers. Chapter 9, covering the European Community Merger Regulation, was updated in September 2002 and can be downloaded separately
Mergers - Replacement to Chapter 9  (pdf 36 kb) Mergers - A guide to procedures under the Fair Trading Act (pdf 935 kb)
IM1 Common merger form (February 2002)
Competition authorities of the UK, France and Germany have co-operated to enable businesses to use a common form for mergers that have to be examined in more than one of these countries
Appendix on the Merger Control Procedures in the United Kingdom (pdf 36 kb)
Prior notice Prior notice of publicly proposed mergers (June 2000)
Explains the provisions of the Fair Trading Act for giving prior notice of proposed mergers
Prior notice of publicly proposed mergers (pdf 27 kb)

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