on mergers and competition.

Mega mergers have been going on a long time. It's difficult for UK authorities, who have to balance between protecting the open business environment that draws investors to the UK, and protecting the strategic interests of our industries.

The alternative is to be protectionist like France, but that makes the UK uncompetitive on a global scale and it can lead to a very stifling environment.

Politicians required to pronounce on proposed mega merger deals (such as Pfizer AstraZeneca in 2014), are buffeted on all sides by conflicting advice:

All governments want to be popular, and need to satisfy different interest groups.

Dr James Cooke (CFA Charter Holder) is an accomplished consultant with experience across a range of sectors and with particular expertise within the fields of investment management, executive compensation and corporate governance. Accredited investment professional who produces quality research with expertise in a wide universe of coverage across multiple sectors and geographies from pharma to finance. Adept facilitator with the ability to balance decisiveness and consensus.
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