A discusssion with EC's Esteva Mosso

Author: Ashley Lee | Published: 24 Mar 2015

Carles Esteva Mosso, acting deputy director-general for mergers at the EC’s Directorate-General for Competition, discusses key cases and its priorities for 2015

The Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission (EC) is widely regarded as one of the world's most sophisticated antitrust regulators. It's the go-to authority in the largest transactions impacting consumers in Europe's single market. And as deals become more complicated, the regulator continues to evolve.

In July of last year, the Commission published a white paper that proposed extending its purview to that of non-controlling minority acquisitions, addressing enforcement gaps following a recent case involving a proposed merger between Ryanair and Aer Lingus. As more emerging markets introduce their own national regulators, more EC approvals will be needed to complete cross-border deals.

IFLR spoke with Esteva Mosso about the EC's priorities for merger review in the next year, as well as what to expect from initiatives...