On October 12, 2023, the notification obligations under the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR) took effect. Businesses must notify all M&A deals (if signed on or after July 12 and not yet implemented by October 12) and public procurement tenders (for offers submitted on or after October 12) meeting the relevant thresholds.
On July 4, 2023, the Commission conditionally approved, in Phase I, Advent’s acquisition of market research provider GfK through its subsidiary NielsenIQ, after Advent pulled and refiled the merger notification. The approval is subject to the divestment of GfK’s global consumer panel services (“CPS”) business, excluding Russia.
On February 6, 2023, the European Commission (“Commission”) launched a public consultation on its proposed rules and procedures for merger and public procurement notifications under the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation (“FSR”).