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EU merger vetos need only show harm more likely than not, Hutchison opinion says

By Andrew Boyce and Nicholas Hirst
  • 20 Oct 2022 12:27
  • 20 Oct 2022 12:27
EU merger officials don't need to show that harm in a merger is "very likely" in order to issue a veto, according to a legal opinion.

Today Advocate General Juliane Kokott said the EU Court of Justice should strike down a lower-court ruling that favored CK Hutchison’s appeal against an EU

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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.

Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent

Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

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