The Office of Fair Trading (the “OFT”) has increased the level of fees to be paid in relation to merger notifications.

Increased fees

The increased fees (see table below) will apply from 1 October 2012. The fees will vary according to the UK turnover of the acquired enterprise and apply as follows:

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The cost of notifying a merger in the UK is now significant. The aim of the increases is to enable the merger control system to achieve a 60% rate of cost recovery. Whilst UK merger control remains a voluntary regime, companies will still need to assess carefully whether a notification is appropriate.