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Problem of merger gun-jumping incentives needs attention, EU competition official Csiszar warns

By Natalie McNelis
  • 10 Nov 2021 12:01
  • 10 Nov 2021 12:01
The integrity of merger review relies on companies not implementing the deals before approval, a director in the European Commission's competition department has said.

Paul Csiszar said gun-jumping creates an "unbelievable mess" as market dynamics change, but that the Illumina-Grail case shows that companies often have an incentive to do so.

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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.

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