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MOFCOM Conditionally Clears Thermo Fisher/Life



by Hannah C. L. Ha
Mayer Brown JSM - Hong Kong Office

Yuanjie He
Mayer Brown JSM - Hong Kong Office

John M. Hickin
Mayer Brown JSM - Hong Kong Office

Philip F. Monaghan
Mayer Brown JSM - Hong Kong Office

Wendy Y. S. Thian
Mayer Brown JSM - Hong Kong Office

February 27, 2014

Previously published on February 27, 2014

On 14 January 2014, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) conditionally approved the US$13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. One of the more complicated transactions reviewed by MOFCOM to date, the regulator's published decision reveals a highly structured and sophisticated competitive analysis bringing greater transparency to its processes and methods. Notably, the decision provides important insight into MOFCOM's use of certain economic tools and in that respect the case represents a significant development in the regulator's decisional practice.


 

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