The Mergers Division of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ("Commission") is available for pre-notification discussions with parties who have expressed their intention to notify a merger or acquisition. The main purpose of pre-notification discussions is (i) to assist parties to a transaction in the preparation of the Merger Notification Form and (ii) to give parties the opportunity to provide an introductory explanation about the nature of competition in the relevant industry(ies) or sector(s) concerned.
For further information on pre-notification discussions please click here.
Merger Notification Form
Notification of a merger or acquisition must be done by completing and submitting the Merger Notification Form to the Commission. The Merger Notification Form specifies the information required from the notifying parties and provides guidance on issues relevant for making a notification.
Notifications must be submitted to the Commission before 5.30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and before 5.15 p.m. on Friday.
To download the Merger Notification Form, please click here.
The Mergers Division of the Competition Authority issued a letter dated 5 July 2013 highlighting the distinction between a “notifying party” and an “undertaking involved” for the purposes of the Merger Notification Form. The guidance set out in that letter remains relevant for mergers notified to the Commission. A copy of the letter is available to download here.
A notification of a merger or acquisition must be accompanied by a fee of €8000 (S.I. No. 623 of 2002). The fee is payable by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the Commission using the bank account details set out in the Merger Notification Form.