The creation of joint ventures is also subject to merger control where the joint ventures will function as autonomous economic entities (“full-function”).
A joint venture will be considered full-function where it:
- has the resources, such as assets, personnel, financing, to operate independently from its parent companies;
- carries out activities that go beyond one specific function for its parent companies;
- does not totally rely on sales to or purchases from its parent companies; and
- can operate on a lasting basis.