Mary Loughran

DG COMP (Brussels)
Civil servant

Mary Loughran works as Case Handler at European Commission, DG COMP.

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Articles

40598 Bulletin

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission closes its investigation following the parties’ withdrawal of a proposed acquisition in the mining industry (BHP Billiton/Rio Tinto)

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"Mergers: main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2008"* On 26 November the Commission announced that it intended to close its investigation into BHP Billiton‘s proposed acquisition of Rio Tinto following BHP Billiton‘s announcement that it had abandoned the deal and had withdrawn (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission clears a merger between Hungarian and Austrian companies both active in the provision of rail freight transport and freight forwarding services (Rail Cargo Austria/MÁV Cargo)

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"Mergers: main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2008"* On 25 November the Commission cleared the proposed acquisition of MÁV Cargo of Hungary by the Austrian company Rail Cargo Austria (RCA), both active in the provision of rail freight transport and freight forwarding services. (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission approves, subject to divestiture, the acquisition of a network of jet fuel stations in Scandinavia by Norwegian Company (Statoil Hydro/ConocoPhillips)

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"Mergers: main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2008"* On 21 October the Commission gave its approval to the proposed acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ network of Jet fuel stations in Scandinavia by StatoilHydro of Norway following an in-depth investigation opened in May 2008. To (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission conditionally clears an acquisition in the market for production and distribution of TV programs, TV satellite and cable broadcasting (News Corp/Premiere)

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"Mergers: main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2008"* In June a conditional approval was granted to the proposed acquisition of Germany’s pay-TV operator Premiere AG by News Corporation (News Corp) of the US. The approval was granted subject to commitments which would ensure third (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission conditionally clears an acquisition in the wholesale distribution of electrical products and installation material (Rexel/Hagemeyer)

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"Mergers: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2008"* On 22 February the Commission adopted a conditional clearance decision in relation to Rexel‘s proposed acquisition of the Dutch company Hagemeyer‘s subsidiaries in several EEA countries and in Russia. Hagemeyer and Rexel are (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission clears an acquisition in the engineering and supplying a range of energy and fired waste-to-energy plants for incinerating municipal waste (AEE/Lentjes)

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"Mergers: Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2007"* Also in December the Commission cleared the acquisition of Lentjes GmbH of Germany by Energy & Environment AG & Co KG (AEE), which is part of the Austrian A-Tec group. Both AEE and Lentjes are active in engineering (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The EU Commission declares part of conditions imposed by Spain energy regulator on a proposed acquisition in the energy sector incompatible with EU law and requires their withdrawal (Enel / Acciona / Endesa)

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"Mergers: Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2007"* The acquisition of joint control of Endesa by Enel and Acciona was notified to the Commission on 31 May and cleared on 5 July. Under the relevant national law, Enel and Acciona requested the Spanish energy regulator (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission clears, subject to divestiture, an acquisition in the glass-fibre reinforcements sector (Owens Corning/Saint Gobain Vitrotex)

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"Mergers: Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2007"* On 24 October the Commission cleared the proposed acquisition of the glass-fibre reinforcements and composite fabrics businesses (‘Vitrotex‘) of the French Compagnie de Saint-Gobain (Saint-Gobain) by Owens Corning of the US. (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission clears a merger in the electronic travel distribution services through a global distribution system (GDS) (Travelport/Worldspan)

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Article originally published in DG Competition’s Competition Policy Newsletter, as Competition Policy Newsletter 2007-3, p. 57 (click here), under the title "Mergers: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2007". Please note that all articles published in the CPN are subject to a disclaimer: "The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission. Responsibility for the information and views expressed lies entirely with the authors. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for the use which might be made of the following information." © European Union.

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refers the examination of a proposed acquisition in the satellite communications services to the UK OFT (Apax Partners /Telenor Satellite)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2007"* In May the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) formally requested the Commission, pursuant to Article 22 of the Merger Regulation, to examine the proposed acquisition of Norwegian Telenor Satellite Services, a company providing (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refuses to refer the examination of a concentration in the telecommunications sector to the Bulgarian competition authority (AIG Capital Partners/Bulgarian Telecommunications Company)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2007"* In July the Commission received a request for the referral of this case under Article 9(2) (a) and 9(2) (b) of the EU Merger Regulation from the Bulgarian Competition Authority, but decided to deal with the case itself. The (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refers the assessment of an acquisition in the food and non-food retailing sector to the Polish Competition Authority (Carrefour/Ahold Polska)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2007"* On 10 April 2007, and following the request of the Polish Competition Authority, the Commission referred the assessment of the acquisition of Ahold Polska of Poland by Carrefour of France to the Polish Competition (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission, after an in-depth investigation, unconditionally approves a merger in the satellite equipment manufacturing industry (Thales/Meccanica/AAS/Telespazio)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2007"* Following an in-depth investigation the Commission decided on 4 April to grant an unconditional clearance to the proposed acquisition by Thales of France of Alcatel‘s shareholdings in the Alcatel Alenia Space (AAS) of (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission clears, subject to divestiture, an acquisition of a company active in the healthcare services by a private equity funds (APW/APSA/Nordic Capital/Capio)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2007"* On 16 March the Commission approved the proposed acquisition of joint control of Capio AB, a Swedish provider of healthcare services, by the private equity funds Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (“APW”) of the UK, Apax Partners (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refers certain aspects of a proposed acquisition in the steel industry to the German competition authority (Cronimet Remondis Alfa/TSR)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2007"* In February the Commission acceded to the request of the German competition authority to refer certain aspects of the proposed acquisition of TSR by Cronimet, Remondis and Alfa Acciai to it for examination under German (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission unconditionally approves an acquisition on the paper production industry following an in-depth investigation (Glatfelter/Crompton)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2006"* On 20 December the Commission gave its unconditional approval to the proposed takeover of Crompton‘s Lydney paper mill by Glatfelter of the US. This approval followed an in-depth Phase II investigation. Glatfelter is a US (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission approves a merger in the manufacturing and supplying of analytical instruments, scientific equipment, consumables and services to the scientific community (Fisher/Thermo Electron)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2006"* On 9 November the Commission approved the proposed acquisition of Fisher Scientific International Inc. by Thermo Electron Corporation. Both Thermo and Fisher are US companies active in the field of manufacturing and (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission partially clears a concentration in the building materials sector and refers the examination of the impact of the proposed acquisition on the UK aggregates, asphalt and road surfacing market to the OFT (Foster Yeoman/Aggregate Industries)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2006"* In September clearance was given of the proposed take-over of UK company Foster Yeoman by Aggregate Industries. The clearance related only to markets outside the UK. At the same time, at the request of the UK’s Office of (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The EU Commission acknowledges the withdrawal of an acquisition in the market for standard ISO tank containers (China International Marine Containers / Burg Group)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2006"* A proposed acquisition by China International Marine Containers (“CIMC”) of the Dutch Burg Group (“Burg”) which had been notified in February was effectively abandoned during the Commission’s Phase II investigation. The transaction had (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refers the examination of a concentration in the soft-drinks industry to the Italian competition authority (Coca-Cola/Fonti del Vulture)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2006"* On 9 March the Commission received a notification of Coca-Cola’s planned acquisition of the Italian mineral water producer Fonti del Vulture. The Coca-Cola Company (‘TCCC‘) owns trademarks and supplies soft drink concentrates, (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission conditionally clears a merger between a US healthcare group and a US competitor specialized in cardiovascular medical products (Boston Scientific/Guidant)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2006"* On 11 April the Commission approved the planned acquisition by US healthcare group Boston Scientific Corporation (‘Boston Scientific‘) of its competitor Guidant Corporation (Boston), a US company specialised in cardiovascular (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission approves the acquisition of sole control of Danish regional electricity incumbents by Danish state-owned gas incumbent (Elsam, E2, DONG)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2006"* On 14 March 2006 the Commission approved the acquisition of sole control of Elsam and Energi E2 (‘E2‘), regional electricity generation incumbents in Denmark, and of Kobenhavns Energi Holding A/S (‘KE‘) and Frederiksberg Elnet A/S (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission partially clears a merger in the retailing sector and refers part of the examination to the Slovakian competition authority (Carrefour/Tesco)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2006"* The proposed acquisition, which was notified on 4 November, involved the acquisition of sole control of the Czech and Slovak business of the undertaking Carrefour (France) by Tesco (UK). Tesco, based in the UK, is active in (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission partially clears and refers for examination to the German Bundeskartellamt an acquisition in the construction industry (Züblin/FIMAG)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2006"* The proposed acquisition, which was notified on 26 August, involved the acquisition of control of the German construction company Züblin by FIMAG, the holding company of the Austrian Strabag construction group. The Strabag Group (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The EU Commission conditionally clears the creation of two joint ventures resulting from French electronics company merging its space activities with Italian Defence and engineering company (Alcatel / Finmeccanica)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January to 30 April 2005"* The European Commission cleared the creation of two joint ventures resulting from the French electronics company Alcatel merging its space activities with those of Alenia Spazio and Telespazio, part of the Italian Defence and (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The EU Commission acknowledges the withdrawal of a proposed joint acquisition in the digital rights management (DRM) industry (Microsoft/Time Warner/Contentguard)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January to 30 April 2005"* Microsoft and Time Warner had notified the Commission of their intention to acquire joint control of Contentguard. Contentguard is one of the main Digital Rights Management (DRM) patent-holders. The Commission launched an (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refers to the German competition authority the examination of a concentration in the cable networks industry (Ish/Iesy)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January to 30 April 2005"* In February, the European Commission referred, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Merger Regulation, the examination of the proposed acquisition of the North Rhine-Westphalian network cable operator ‘Ish’ by the Hessian cable operator (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refers to the UK OFT the examination of a proposed acquisition in the private care home market for elderly (NHP/Blackstone Group)

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"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January to 30 April 2005"* In February, following the request of the UK Office of Fair Trading (‘OFT’), the European Commission decided to refer the acquisition of NHP plc by the US Blackstone Group to the UK competition authority for examination. Both (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission approves the proposed acquisition by a US manager of investment funds of a company active in the production of seeds (Fox Paine/Adventa)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2004"* The Commission authorised, subject to conditions, the proposed acquisition of Dutch-based seed producer Advanta B.V. by Swiss-based Syngenta Crop Protection AG. Syngenta Crop Protection AG is a subsidiary of Syngenta (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission authorizes the acquisition of Dutch-based seed producer by a Swiss producer, both active in breeding, production, processing and sale of various kinds of seeds (Adventa/Syngenta Crop Protection)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2004"* In August the Commission authorised the acquisition of Dutch-based seed producer Advanta B.V. (‘Advanta‘) by the Swiss Syngenta Crop Protection AG. (‘Syngenta CP‘) belonging to Syngenta AG. Syngenta CP and Advanta are both (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission unconditionally approves the acquisition of a French glass container manufacturer by its US-based competitor (BSN Glasspack/Owens-Illinois)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2004"* In October the Commission unconditionally approved the acquisition of the French glass container manufacturer BSN Glasspack S.A. by its US-based competitor Owens-Illinois Inc. The glass containers produced by the (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refers the examination to the German competition authority of a proposed acquisition in the cable networks industry (Kabel Deutschland/Ish)

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"Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2004"* In June the Commission decided to refer the examination of the intended acquisition of ish GmbH & Co. KG and ish KS NRW GmbH & Co. KG (both together: ‘ish‘), by Kabel Deutschland GmbH (KDG), the operator of the North (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission accepts the request of the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs to refer the examination of the entire transaction arising from the agreements between two Belgium companies on the supply of electricity and gas to eligible customers in the Brussels region (Sibelga, Electrabel)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2003 and 31st December 2003"* On 19 December 2003 the Commission decided to accept the request of the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs to refer the examination of the entire transaction arising from the agreements between Sibelga and (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission grants an unconditional approval of a merger in the electrical household appliances in relation to Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy and the UK (SEB/Moulinex)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2003 and 31st December 2003"* On 11 November 2003 the Commission granted an unconditional approval of the SEB/Moulinex merger in relation to Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom. In January 2002 the Commission had (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran The European Commission refers to the Italian competition authorities the examination of the proposed acquisition of Italian tobacco company (Ente Tabacchi Italiani, British American Tobacco)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2003 and 31st December 2003"* On 23 October 2003 the Commission decided to refer to the Italian competition authorities the examination of the proposed acquisition of Italian tobacco company Ente Tabacchi Italiani by British American (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission approves the creation of a joint venture bringing together the DCPD RIM (synthetic rubber) activities of two Japanese manufacturers (Zeon / Teijin)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 12 August the Commission approved the proposed creation of a joint venture bringing together the DCPD RIM (dicyclopentadiene reaction injection moulding) activities of Zeon and Teijin. On 30 June Zeon and Teijin (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission authorizes the acquisition of joint control by two investment companies of German based academic and professional publisher (Candover/Cinven/BertelsmannSpringer)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 29 July the Commission decided to authorise the acquisition of joint control by the investment companies Candover and Cinven of the German based academic and professional publisher BertelsmannSpringer. The transaction (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission clears the acquisition of the vitamins and fine chemicals division of a Swiss pharmaceutical company by a Dutch company after a detailed investigation (Roche/DSM)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 23 July 2003, the European Commission cleared the proposed acquisition of the Vitamins and Fine Chemicals division of Swiss company Roche by Dutch-based company DSM after a detailed investigation. The Commission had (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission refuses the request of the French authorities for the partial referral of a merger case in the publishing edition in France (Vivendi Universal Publishing/Lagardere)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 14 May 2003, the French authorities lodged an application asking that the planned acquisition of Vivendi Universal Publishing (VUP) by the French conglomerate Lagardère be referred to them under Article 9 of the Merger (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission authorizes an acquisition in the mining industry concluding that the change from joint to sole control does not give rise to new competition concerns (Caemi/CVRD)

206

"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* In July the Commission authorised CVRD‘s proposed acquisition of sole control of Caemi, currently controlled by the Japanese iron ore trader Mitsui and CVRD. CVRD acquired joint control of Caemi as a result of a (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission clears a merger between two Japanese manufacturers of cameras, photocopiers and other imaging products (Minolta/Konica)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 11 July the Commission decided to clear the proposed acquisition of Minolta by Konica, two Japanese manufacturers of cameras, photocopiers and other imaging products. Both Konica and Minolta develop and manufacture (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission approves after an in-depth investigation the creation of a joint venture between two German chemical producers (Celanese / Degussa)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 11 June the Commission approved the proposed creation of a Joint Venture between the German chemical producers Celanese and Degussa. The parties will contribute most of their oxo chemicals businesses to the Joint (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission conditionally approves a linkup between an Austrian power company and five regional power suppliers (Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts/EnergieAllianz)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 11 June the Commission also approved a linkup between the Austrian power company Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts-AG (Verbund) and five Austrian regional power suppliers grouped together as EnergieAllianz, (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission refers part of a proposed merger between dairy products companies to the UK competition authorities and clears the operation for the remaining product and geographical markets (Express Dairies/Aria Foods)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* The European Commission decided, 10 June 2003, to refer part of the proposed merger between Danish-based dairy products company Arla Foods and Britain’s Express Dairies to the UK competition authorities, which then (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The EU Commission conditionally clears the merger of the medical ventilators, anaesthesia delivery systems and patient monitoring businesses of two German companies (Siemens / Drägerwerk)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st January 2003 and 30th April 2003"* On 30 April 2003, the Commission approved, subject to conditions, the merger of the medical ventilators, anaesthesia delivery systems and patient monitoring businesses of Siemens AG and Drägerwerk AG, two German (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The EU Commission authorizes the acquisition of joint control of a newly created joint venture operating a system for the collection of road tolls from heavy trucks in Germany (DaimlerChrysler / Deutsche Telekom / Toll Collect)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st January 2003 and 30th April 2003"* On 30 April 2003 the European Commission authorised the acquisition of joint control by DaimlerChrysler AG and Deutsche Telekom AG of the newly created joint venture Toll Collect GmbH. Toll Collect will establish (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Court of First Instance upholds the Commission’s approval of a merger between two leading oil companies (TotalFina/Elf)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* This judgement finds that the Commission did not go beyond the limits of its discretionary power in assessing whether the applicants could be accepted as buyers of certain assets in the course of divestitures on which a (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission conditionally clears a merger in the pharmaceutical sector creating the largest pharmaceutical company in the world in terms of sales and R&D spending (Pfizer/Pharmacia)

270

"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st January 2003 and 30th April 2003"* The European Commission authorised, subject to conditions, the acquisition of Pharmacia Corporation (Pharmacia) by Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer) in a deal creating the largest pharmaceutical company in the world in terms (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission clears, subject to remedies and obligations, the acquisition by a Swiss-based packaging group of the French packaging company after the European Court of First Instance annulled its first decision to prohibit the merger (Tetra Laval/Sidel II)

131

"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st January 2003 and 30th April 2003"* On 13 January 2003, the Commission decided not to oppose the acquisition by Tetra Laval B.V., which belongs to the Swiss-based Tetra Laval Group, the owner of the Tetra Pak packaging businesses, of the French (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission decides to accede to the request of the Belgian Economic Minister to refer a transaction involving an agreement concerning the supply of electricity to eligible customers (Intercommunale d’Electricité du Hainaut (IEH) and Electrabel)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2002 and 31st December 2002"* On 23 December 2002 the Commission decided to accede to the request of the Belgian Economic Minister to refer, pursuant to Art. 9 of the ECMR, a transaction involving an agreement between l’Intercommunale (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission authorizes, subject to conditions, the joint acquisition of a regional gas wholesaler by German electricity and Italian gas and petroleum companies (ENI/EnBW/GVS)

193

"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2002 and 31st December 2002"* On 17 December 2002 the European Commission authorised, subject to conditions, the joint acquisition of German regional gas wholesaler Gas Versorgung Süddeutschland (GVS) by German electricity firm Energie (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission decides to refer certain aspects of an acquisition in the home improvement sector to the competition authorities in France, Spain and Portugal (Leroy Merlin/Brico DIY stores)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2002 and 31st December 2002"* On 13 December 2002 the Commission decided to refer certain aspects of Leroy Merlin‘s acquisition of Brico DIY stores to the competition authorities in France, Spain and Portugal. The Commission found that (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Court of First Instance annuls the Commission decision in a merger case which attempted to retroactively modify the original assessment on the ancillary restrictions (Lagardere/Canal Plus v. Commission)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2002 and 31st December 2002"* The main interest of this judgment lies in its impact on the interpretation of the Merger Regulation with regard to ancillary restraints. The Court held that contractual clauses which constitute restrictions (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission grants conditional approval to the acquisition of a German specialty chemicals company by the German mining and technology group (RAG/Degussa)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2002 and 31st December 2002"* In November the Commission granted conditional approval to the acquisition of the German specialty chemicals company Degussa AG by the German mining and technology group RAG. The transaction had initially (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The EU Court of First Instance annuls the Commission’s decision declaring as incompatible with the common market a merger between Swiss-based packaging company mainly active in carton packaging, with a French packaging company mainly active in plastic PET packaging equipment (Tetra Laval / Sidel)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2002 and 31st December 2002"* On 25 October 2002, the Court of First Instance (CFI) delivered its ruling in case T-5/02, Tetra Laval v Commission, and annulled the Commission’s Decision of 30 October 2001 declaring as incompatible with (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission refers the examination of a proposed acquisition in the construction sector to the Dutch Competition Authority (Koninklijke BAM/Hollandsche Beton Groep)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2002 and 31st December 2002"* The Commission referred the proposed acquisition of the Dutch construction company Hollandsche Beton Groep N.V. (HBG) by rival Koninklijke BAM NBM N.V. (BAM) to the Dutch Competition Authority, giving the (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission grants the referral requested by the Spanish Competition authorities with regard to the integration of the two satellite digital television platforms operating in Spain (Sogecable/Canalsatélite Digital/Vìa Digital)

180

"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The Commission decided to grant the referral requested by the Spanish Competition Authorities with regard to the integration of the two satellite digital television platforms operating in Spain. The operation, which (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission grants clearance to the proposed acquisition of British cruise operator by US-based cruise operator (Carnival/ P&O Princess)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The European Commission granted clearance under the European Union’s Merger Regulation to the proposed acquisition of British cruise operator P&O Princess Plc by US-based cruise operator Carnival Corp. The (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission gives the go ahead to the proposed acquisition of Finnish-based telecommunications group by Sweden telecoms firm (Telia/Sonera)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The European Commission gave the go ahead to the proposed acquisition of Finnish-based telecommunications group Sonera Corp. by Sweden’s Telia AB, another telecoms firm. The Commission feared that the deal—the first (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The EU Commission authorizes the acquisition of the whole of German oil and petrochemicals producer holding that the change from joint to sole control does not give rise to competition concerns (BP / Veba Oel)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The European Commission authorised BP Plc’s proposed acquisition of the whole of German oil and petrochemicals producer Veba Oel, currently a joint venture between BP and E.ON. The Commission concluded that the (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The EU Commission grants retroactive clearance to the acquisition of a Dutch sand-lime joint venture CVK by a German and Dutch companies after they undertook to terminate their joint venture agreement (Haniel / Cementbouw / JV)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The European Commission granted retroactive clearance to the 1999 acquisition of the Dutch sand-lime joint venture CVK by the Haniel group of Germany and Dutch firm Cementbouw after the companies undertook to (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission approves, subject to conditions, the proposed take-over bid by Italian food company for German bakeries group (Barilla/BPL/Kamps)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The European Commission approved, subject to conditions, the proposed take-over bid by Barilla Group of Italy for German bakeries group Kamps AG. The Commission feared that the deal might reinforce Barilla‘s leading (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The EU Court of First Instance annuls the Commission’s decision to prohibit a merger between two UK based holiday tour operators (Airtours / First Choice)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* On 6 June 2002 the European Court of First Instance (CFI) annulled the Commission’s decision to prohibit a merger between Airtours and First Choice, two UK based holiday tour operators. Though the Commission had (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission refers the examination of a proposed concentration in the regional markets for the incineration of municipal and commercial wastes in Germany to the Bundeskartellamt (Nehlsen/Rethmann/SWB/Bremerhavener Entsorgungsgesellschaft)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The European Commission referred the proposed acquisition of joint control of the Bremerhavener Entsorgungsgesellschaft mbH (BEG) by Karl Nehlsen GmbH & Co KG (Nehlsen), Rethmann Entsorgungswirtschaft GmbH & (...)

Kay Parplies, Mary Loughran, Roosmarijn Schade The European Commission gives conditional approval to the proposed acquisition of German cigarette manufacturer by UK cigarette manufacturer (Imperial Tobacco Group/ Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken)

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"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The European Commission gave conditional approval to the proposed acquisition of German cigarette manufacturer Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH by Imperial Tobacco Group Plc of the United Kingdom. The acquisition, (...)

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