Merger Control

Our EU, Competition & Procurement team has significant experience of dealing with and resolving Irish and EU merger control issues. We work with clients to implement strategies to achieve successful outcomes by looking at the wider commercial legal and economic issues that transactions present. We also advise on other related regulatory aspects of acquisitions and joint ventures such as any media-related and sectoral regulatory issues as well as litigation-related matters regarding merger control.

Our extensive experience includes in-depth and practical knowledge of the current merger control processes and approaches of the Irish and EU regulators. That experience, built-up over 25 years, also enables us help co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional merger proceedings with advisers throughout the EU and world-wide. Some of our experience is unique in Ireland.


  • A seller of a large business

    in a significant EU merger control transaction in the electronic communications sector. The transaction was highly scrutinised and led to a Phase 2 approval by the European Commission.

  • A major multinational agricultural client

    on a successful notification to the European Commission. It was a significant and complex transaction in this sector with cross-border relevance and was approved in Phase 1.

  • WPP

    a major multinational media company, in relation to the competition aspects of the acquisition by Kantar Media of Newsaccess. This high profile transaction involved an extended merger clearance with commitments in Phase 1.

  • An international client

    in an acquisition of an energy interest in Ireland. This was a complex multistage deal with numerous issues and led to a Phase 1 unconditional approval.

  • A consumer company

    in making a series of acquisitions, successfully and speedily.