REPORT SK&S: Merger control proceedings in Poland in 2021

We would like to present you the report on merger control proceedings in Poland in 2021. The study was prepared by the experts of Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak: Krzysztof KantonDamian Kopera and Szymon Murek.

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For several years, the number of concentrations notified to the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (“UOKiK”) has been systematically increasing. Last year definitely confirmed this trend – significantly more concentration proceedings got underway than in the previous years.

In 2021, UOKiK initiated 329 proceedings and issued 300 decisions in such cases (przypis). At the same time, 13 cases were referred to the second phase of proceedings. One decision prohibiting a concentration was issued.

On six occasions, the notifying parties withdrew their applications to be granted consent to a concentration.

The average time of proceedings concluding with a decision in phase I amounted to just over 33 calendar days (the shortest proceedings lasted 7 days, and the longest, 157 days).

On the other hand, the average time of proceedings involving phase II amounted to slightly more than 223 calendar days (the shortest proceedings lasted 94 days, and the longest, 437 days).

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