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How to File a Merger

1. Merger Submission

A merger is filed by submitting a duly completed Commission form 12 and paying the applicable fee. A merger filing is only deemed complete once the relevant and required information is submitted and the applicable filing fee is paid to the Commission. Incomplete information or none payment of the filing fee results in an incomplete merger filing. The Commission form 12 can be downloaded from the Commission website via a link called forms.

2. Notification

Notification can be done either by e-mail, submitting CD-ROM or by submitting one original hard copy file to the Commission. Where notification is done by e-mail and the relevant filing fee has been paid the date the e-mail is received or the money paid whichever comes later, shall be construed as the date of notification. When notification is done by e-mail or CD-ROM the parties should send one original hard copy file to the Commission within 7 days of making the notification.

3. Cost of filing a Merger

The merger notification fee is calculated as 0.1% of the merging parties’ combined annual turnover or value of assets in the Common Market (whichever is higher) with a cap of US$ 200 000.

4. Merger Processing

In accordance with Article 25 of the Regulations, the Commission shall examine a merger as soon as the notification is received and must make a decision on the notification within 120 days after receiving the notification. This means that if the Commission does not make a decision on the merger within 120 days, the parties should consider the merger approved. However, if the notification is incomplete, the examination period begins on the day following receipt of complete information.

5. Decision

After the Commission has considered a merger notification, it may make the following decisions:

  • Approve the merger without any conditions.
  • Approve the merger with conditions.
  • Reject the merger.

The above decisions should be communicated to the parties within the 120 days the Commission has to determine a merger.

For further information on how to file a merger click here to download Form 12: Notice of Merger.
Further, click here to download Form 2 – Request for Confidentiality.

1. Please fill out all parts of this Form to the best of your knowledge and attach all required documents.
2. One (1) original and all supporting documents must be provided to the CCC. The supporting documents shall be either in originals or certified copies of the originals.
3. If you believe that your interests would be harmed if any of the information you are asked to supply were to be published or otherwise divulged to other parties, submit this information by duly completing Form 2- Request for Confidentiality and submitting it jointly with this Notice. You should also give reasons why this information should not be divulged or published