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Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Section 95AT
Tribunal may grant authorisation for a merger


The provision

(1) The Tribunal may grant an authorisation to a person:

(a) to acquire shares in the capital of a body corporate; or

(b) to acquire assets of another person.

Note 1: Section 95AZH prohibits the Tribunal from granting an authorisation for an acquisition unless the Tribunal is satisfied the acquisition would result, or be likely to result, in such a benefit to the public that the acquisition should be allowed to take place.

Note 2: Division 2 of Part IX contains provisions about procedure and evidence that relate to proceedings before the Tribunal.

(2) If the Tribunal does so, then section 50 does not prevent the person from acquiring the shares or assets in accordance with the authorisation.

Note: The acquisition will only be protected from the operation of section 50 if it takes place in accordance with the authorisation. If it does not, then section 50 will apply to the acquisition. If the acquisition contravenes section 50, then the remedies in Part VI will apply (see, for example, penalties under section 76 and divestiture under section 81).

(3) Without limiting subsection (2), an acquisition will not be in accordance with an authorisation if any conditions of the authorisation are not complied with (whether the conditions are to be complied with before, during or after the acquisition).


Legislative history






Application by AGL Energy Limited for merger authorisation (proposed acquisition of Macquarie Generation) (24 March 2014). On 25 June 2014 the Tribunal granted authorisation for the proposed acquisition.

Application by Sea Swift Pty Limited for merger authorisation (proposed acquisition of certain Toll Marine Logistics assets)
(made and withdrawn in 2015; new application 2016). On 1 July 2016 the Tribunal granted authorisation (subject to conditions)

Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group - proposed merger (ACT 1 of 2017)
(authorised subject to condition that Tabcorp divest Odyssey Gaming business in Queensland (20 June 2017))