From 6 November 2017, applications for merger authorisation must be made to the ACCC. Merger authorisation enables merger parties to seek statutory protection for a proposed acquisition from legal action under section 50 of the Act.
The merger authorisation process is public and the application for merger authorisation, all related submissions by the applicant and interested parties, and the ACCC’s determination, are placed on the merger authorisations public register.
Merger authorisation applications under consideration will be displayed below, including applications for:
- merger authorisation
- minor variation of a merger authorisation
- revocation of a merger authorisation
- revocation and substitution of a merger authorisation.
Merger authorisations under consideration
- Linfox Armaguard Pty Ltd and Prosegur Australia Holding Pty Ltd proposed merger
- ANZ proposed acquisition of Suncorp Bank
Completed merger authorisations
- Telstra Corporation Limited and TPG Telecom Limited proposed spectrum sharing
- Gumtree AU Pty Ltd proposed acquisition of Cox Australia Media Solutions Pty Ltd
- AP Eagers Limited proposed acquisition of Automotive Holdings Group Limited
- Proposed amalgamation of BPAY, eftpos and NPPA
Merger authorisations (prior to November 2017)
Prior to 6 November 2017, merger authorisation applications were made to the Australian Competition Tribunal. Details relating to these applications are published on the Tribunal’s public register at www.competitiontribunal.gov.au.
The ACCC also maintains a public register of merger authorisations (prior to November 2017).