​​Assessing Extra-Competition Factors In European Merger Control: A Constitutional Duty?

Guest: Pierre Chellet

Pierre Chellet is a M2 candidate at Sciences Po Law School in Economic Law. His master’s research focuses on competition law and assessing extra-competition factors in merger control. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Sciences Po and spent an exchange year at UCLA at the Department of International Development Studies. He has also done various legal internships, varying from antitrust and administrative law to criminal law and personal data. ​​

Assessing Extra-Competition Factors In European Merger Control: A Constitutional Duty?

As market concentration is increasing, merger control is getting more important to assess the precise impact of these deals on the economy and on society. Over the recent years, several controversial mergers involved companies in sectors as diverse as pesticides (Dow/DuPont, Bayer/Monsanto) or online services (Facebook/Whatsapp, Microsoft/LinkedIn). The EU Merger Regulation is usually blind to consequences of mergers that do not relate to competition. Exceptions are very limited and have proved to be anecdotal in the European Commission’s administrative practice. This roots back to the origins of EU competition law and merger control. Still, as guardian of the Treaties, the Commission could be expected to act more firmly to assess mergers that have a significant impact on the environment, human health or data protection. Nevertheless, the line between competition and regulation would then seem difficult to draw. Therefore, as Commissioner Vestager asked in a recent speech, it is necessary to wonder what competition law can do… and what it can’t.

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Event details
Date: 
Mercredi, 25 Avril, 2018 - 15:00 - 17:00
Lieu: 
Sciences Po Law School - 13, rue de l'Université - MEETING ROOM 410T
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