Mergers

Mergers and acquisitions are important for the efficient functioning of the economy. They allow firms to achieve efficiencies and diversify risk across a range of activities. However, the Competition and Consumer Act prohibits mergers that would have the effect, or be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition in a market. See also: public merger registers

Merger reviews

Merger parties are not legally required to notify the ACCC of a merger and have the option of proceeding with the merger without seeking any regulatory consideration. However, this will not prevent the ACCC from subsequently investigating the merger, including making public inquiries to assist its investigation and, if necessary, taking legal action.

Contact Merger & Authorisation Review Division

Merger parties are encouraged to approach the ACCC as soon as there is a real likelihood that a proposed merger may proceed, to discuss possible competition issues and options for having the matter considered. This may be done on a confidential basis.