WAMS 2021 Year End and 2022 Q1 Takeaways at a Glance

White & Case Global Antitrust Merger StatPak (WAMS)

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About the WAMS dataset

White & Case collects and analyzes data from a variety of sources for WAMS. This includes communicating directly with competition authorities to capture the latest data available, as well as analyzing public reports issued by competition authorities and others sources such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). WAMS is updated and expanded on a regular basis.While data is available for certain jurisdictions over a number of years, there are gaps in reporting for certain jurisdictions. Where applicable, we offer clarifications regarding the data.​​​

White & Case Global Antitrust Merger StatPak (WAMS)—the first real-time clearinghouse for global merger notification data—has analyzed merger notifications in reporting jurisdictions for the first quarter of 2022.

Q1 2022 data indicates merger filing activity is still brisk but is cooling off from 2021 levels

  • Q1 2022 (January–March) merger filing activity shows an overall decrease of 15% as compared to Q1 2021 in the nine jurisdictions reporting 2022 monthly data.
  • In the United States, after a record year in 2021, US merger filing activity in Q1 2022 was down by 21% as compared to Q1 2021. However, the 2022 level of merger filings is still at a historically high level:  Q1 2022 US merger filing activity is up over 51% as compared to the historical 12 year average (2011-2022).

Global Filing Trends for 2021

  • Worldwide: In 2021, worldwide merger notifications across 49 jurisdictions reporting data show that notifications have increased 34% in 2021 as compared to the 2016-2020 average.
  • United States: US merger filings hit a 20-year high in calendar year 2021. US merger filings were 96% higher in 2021 than in 2020, and 93% higher than 2019 levels.
  • United Kingdom: Brexit has not led to a substantial increase in merger filings yet.
  • Middle East and North Africa: As merger control regimes have matured, the region has seen a steady increase in merger control filings in the Middle East/North Africa region.
  • Germany: Filings dropped less than anticipated following increases in its merger filing thresholds in 2021. 

Q1 2022 Merger Filing Data

Global Filing Trends for 2021

Spotlight on the United States: Merger Control Filings Surged in 2021

Spotlight on the European Union: 2021 Was a Historic Year for European Commission Merger Filings

WAMS: A continuing effort

It is hoped that the WAMS will prompt greater transparency and additional real-time reporting by antitrust merger control authorities around the world. Transparency assists merging parties in complying with the law.

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