Answer ... The trick for successful merger clearance in Malta lies in collaborating with the Office for Competition as early in the process as possible. The office welcomes and encourages undertakings to meet with it prior to making formal submissions. Indeed, the importance of such open discussions has been embodied in the Control of Concentrations Regulations themselves, which expressly provide that “pre-notification meetings are extremely valuable to both the notifying parties and the Director General in determining the precise amount of information required in a notification and, in the large majority of cases, will result in a significant reduction of the information required”.
In our experience, these meetings are indeed essential to establishing a good working relationship with the office and ensuring as smooth a clearance as possible.