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M&A faces global uncertainty as regulators ponder impact on markets overturned by Covid-19
15 May 2020 00:00
The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked regulatory havoc around the globe, with the agencies responsible for reviewing mergers and acquisitions facing problems on two fronts. First up, the logistical challenges: Officials working from home may struggle to gain access to the material they need to finalize their review and interested parties may not be able to submit key information. But even more disruptive is the coronavirus’s impact on the markets. How can a regulator assess a deal’s impact on competition when the relevant market has been turned upside down by the lockdown?
The call for a merger moratorium due to the novel coronavirus pandemic likely won’t become law.
Pity the EU merger officials whose work sets them the near-impossible task of predicting how the world economy will look after Covid-19.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Flavia Fortes Global Head of Mergers
Flavia writes about merger control, antitrust enforcement and litigation in the U.S. and Brazil. Before joining MLex, Flavia worked as an Antitrust Consultant in the Federal Trade Commission's Office of International Affairs and as a Research Fellow for the American Antitrust Institute. She has written on the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property law in technology-driven and innovative markets.Flavia holds a LL.M. in intellectual property from the George Washington University Law School and a... Read more
Natalie McNelis Senior Correspondent
Natalie McNelis covers mergers for MLex in Brussels. Before joining MLex in 2017, she spent 20 years as an international trade and competition lawyer in law firms including Stibbe and WilmerHale. Natalie has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an LLM in EU law from KU Leuven. She is admitted to the bar in New York.