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EU merger control White Paper: reaching out for minority shareholdings and easing referrals

10 July 2014

The European Commission is intent on making further "improvements" to the EU merger control rules, issuing a White Paper setting out its proposals. Parties will benefit from measures aimed at streamlining referrals between Member States and the Commission. But the Commission’s plans for extending the scope of its merger control jurisdiction to non-controlling minority shareholdings, whilst considered, remain controversial. This alert summarises the key proposals.