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Content last updated: 16-04-2020

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1. What type of transactions are caught by the merger control regime?

1.1 Concentrations

1.1.1 Type of transactions that are caught by the merger control rules?

The scope of the law is broad and applies to all activities whereby a market player is seeking to impede competition in any Qatari market.

As such, any acquisition of assets, securities or usufructs, merger, formation of joint ventures and combination of the management of two or more legal persons is caught by the merger control rules.

2. Establishing jurisdiction for notification of mergers

2.3 General thresholds

2.3.1 Threshold(s) for when a concentration must be notified under the general merger control regime?

There are no jurisdictional thresholds in Qatar.

Any acquisition of assets, securities or usufructs, merger, formation of joint ventures and combination of the management of two or more legal persons must be notified if it will result in control or domination of the market.

“Control” and “domination” is defined as the power of an undertaking, or group of undertakings acting together, to dominate the market and effectively influence prices and the volume of products on offer with their competitors having no power to prevent this.

It is advisable that undertakings contemplating a transaction that may result in a dominant market position inform the competition Committee of their decision.

The Competition Committee may exempt certain transaction from investigation if the economic benefits of the transaction for the purpose of economic growth in Qatar outweigh the consequences of not complying with merger control rules.

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