China Alert-New Filing Form to Increase Burden in Chinese Merger Control Process

On 6 June, 2012, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) posted online a revised template form for filing merger clearance applications in China. In all likelihood, the revised filing form will lead to an increase in the information and document production obligations of companies preparing to notify a reportable merger, acquisition or joint venture to MOFCOM. At the same time, however, the explanations accompanying the revised form provide welcome clarifications on certain information and documentary requirements and with respect to the companies' obligations.

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