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EU High Court Urged To Read Gun-Jumping Rules Narrowly

Law360, New York (January 18, 2018, 9:33 PM EST) -- In a case that could delineate what counts as gun-jumping under European Union merger law, an adviser to the bloc's highest court wrote Thursday that companies should be allowed to take certain preparatory steps to move ahead with their deals before receiving antitrust clearance.

Under most European merger rules, companies can't move ahead with a transaction that requires antitrust review until after the European Commission or a national authority signs off on the deal. Companies that begin to integrate too soon risk penalties for gun-jumping, which...
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