Open consultation: Consultation on new draft guidance on mergers: exceptions to the duty to refer

Competition Markets Authority

November 20
16:02 2023

The CMA is consulting on new draft guidance on exceptions to its duty to refer mergers raising competition concerns for an in-depth phase 2 investigation. The revised draft updates Chapter 2 (markets of insufficient importance) setting out the CMAs approach to the de minimis exception, with no changes made to the other chapters.

We encourage any interested parties to respond to the consultation in writing by no later than 5pm on 8 January 2024, by emailing You can also contact us with any queries using this email address.

For more information on the consultation, please see the below linked consultation document.

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