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From Bayer to Qualcomm, M&A Gets Costlier in the EU

  • Merger watchdogs are ‘stopping clock’ in many in-depth reviews
  • Mega deals now often see two freezes, adding months to closure
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If time is money, big M&A is getting a lot costlier in the European Union thanks to a tactic increasingly deployed by the bloc’s merger watchdogs in Brussels.

Bayer AG’s bid for Monsanto Co. is just one of a growing number of deals stalled by regulators stopping the clock more than once during strictly timetabled in-depth investigations to demand key information they say companies failed to supply on time.