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Comment: Merger control on tilt with EU regulator forced to prioritize legal certainty

If the European Commission has seemed more hesitant to block mergers lately, trace that back to its 2020 court loss to CK Hutchison.
Since becoming EU competition commissioner in 2014, Margrethe Vestager has always said that her decisions have to be legally watertight, but with the final outcomes of court

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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.

Andrew Boyce


Andrew is a reporter covering merger reviews and competition policy for MLex in Brussels. He joined MLex in 2015 and holds a degree and a master’s degree in history from the University of Liverpool.

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