Canada's New Merger Review May Increase Burdens

Law360, New York (November 13, 2009, 11:54 AM EST) -- On Sept. 18, 2009, following a consultation and comment period, the Competition Bureau issued its final Merger Review Process Guidelines, which explain the bureau's approach to administering Canada's new, two-stage merger review process.

The publication of the final guidelines sheds important light on the bureau's approach to the new process — especially given the lack of meaningful debate within the Canadian competition bar or Parliament as to the desirability or scope of the changes, prior to them becoming law in March 2009, as part of an...
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