Plan B for the ACCC

The Metcash court case has rebalanced the relationship between the ACCC and companies pursuing sensitive mergers, and the watchdog's fallback plan of delay will likely meet successful resistance.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman, Rod Sims, gave an interview this week which raises the prospect that, having had its preferred strategy for stopping mergers it is uncomfortable with demolished by the courts, the commission may now revert to Plan B.

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