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International merger control

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Academic Direction
UCL, Queen Mary University of London
Modes of Study

This course is rather unique as it deals with a particular business phenomenon: mergers between firms.

As many markets have become global, the operations of many companies have correspondingly become global too. However, this is coupled with the fact that an increasing number of countries have been introducing competition law and policy which include having a provision for dealing with merger operations between firms. This is a highly practical course, oriented more by practice and less by policy – a true reflection of this area of law.

Module A: Introduction to merger control


  • Concepts and ideas
  • Economic analysis and market definition
  • The regulation of merger operations
  • Multinational enterprises and their concerns.

Module B: Merger control regimes 1


  • European Union merger control
  • European Economic Area merger control
  • United States merger control.

Module C: Merger control regimes 2


  • United Kingdom merger control
  • Merger control in Germany.

Module D: Unilateral, bilateral and multilateral merger control strategies


  • Unilateral strategy: the doctrine of extraterritoriality
  • Bilateral strategy
  • Multilateral strategy
  • International organisations and bodies.


Each module will be assessed by a 45-minute unseen written examination.


It is strongly recommended you complete Module A first.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification.

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate and Securities Law
  • Economic Regulation
  • International Business Law
  • Public Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws