Pan-European independent music companies' trade association Impala is calling on its membership to respond with any grievances in light of Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of BMG Music Publ

Pan-European independent music companies' trade association Impala is calling on its membership to respond with any grievances in light of Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of BMG Music Publishing.

Brussels-based Impala has instigated a consultation with its 2,500-plus strong members on how the merger may endanger competition in recorded music and publishing, and in other areas of the music business.

Impala is confident that the merger will not be cleared by regulatory bodies. In a statement issued today (Nov. 13), Impala said, "The parties' claims that they are relatively small major publishers are misleading as already they have rights in larger catalogs of songs than the other majors."

The consultation is expected to be completed by mid-November, after which time Impala will submit its conclusions to the European Commission.

As previously reported, the European Commission has set a Dec. 8 provisional deadline for its ruling on the merger. UMG successfully bid on BMG in an invitation-only auction, offering €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion).

Since the EC's approval of the Sony BMG Music merger was annulled by a European court earlier this year, forcing the EC to reconsider and rewrite its decision, it is expected that the Dec. 8 decision will be a statement of objections asking UMG for more information on its publishing acquisition.