Recent developments in Chinese merger control — MOFCOM shifts up a gear

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has stepped up its merger control activities on many fronts in recent weeks, issuing ground-breaking decisions in the Glencore/Xstrata and Marubeni/Gavilon cases and circulating draft procedural rules for public consultation on dealing with straightforward merger control cases. 

On April 16, 2013, MOFCOM issued approval for Glencore’s acquisition of Xstrata subject to conditions. Less than a week later, on April 22, it did likewise for the takeover of Gavilon by Marubeni.

Overall MOFCOM’s approach in both transactions was remarkably similar. However, there were also some key differences…

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