Topic: International and comparative merger law; is there a need for greater convergence?

Presenter: Dr Julie Clarke - Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

The seminar will discuss the current system of regulating multi-jurisdictional mergers. A merger may be "multi-jurisdictional" because the parties are located in more than one jurisdiction, or because it has the potential to impact upon competition in more than one jurisdiction. 

The proliferation of competition laws and the significant increase in the number of countries now imposing pre-merger notification obligations has prompted several proposals for multi-jurisdictional merger reform, ranging from proposals for an international law and adjudicative body to more modest proposals for soft harmonisation. To some degree, the International Competition Network has, over the last decade, facilitated greater 'soft harmonisation' in the national approach to merger regulation, but inefficiencies still remain.

The seminar will discuss whether or not it is possible or desirable to further streamline the current multinational merger review process to improve economic and social outcomes.

All welcome, please register by emailing Beth Williams.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: (334) 69350, email:

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