August 2003

Anticompetitive practices

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a consent decision concerning bid-rigging for building cleaning works (Taihei Building Service Corporation)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Consent decision issued to Taihei Building Service Corporation on bid-rigging for building cleaning works* The JFTC, on 11 June 2003, decided to initiate hearing procedures against Taihei Building Service Corporation and has been having examiners conduct the procedures. The JFTC received a (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a consent decision concerning bidding for building cleaning works (Taihei Building Service Corporation)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Consent decision issued to Taihei Building Service Corporation on bid-rigging for building cleaning works* The JFTC, on 11 June 2003, decided to initiate hearing procedures against Taihei Building Service Corporation and has been having examiners conduct the procedures. The JFTC received a (...)

The European Commission settles allegations of abuse and clears patent pools in the CD market (Sony, Philips)
European Commission - DG MARE
"Commission settles allegations of abuse and clears patent pools in the CD market"* 1. The complaints Several manufacturers of pre-recorded CD discs (that is CD discs that include already content – music or software – provided by content-owners) lodged complaints against Philips and Sony a (...)

Mergers

The German Federal Cartel Office clears the acquisition by RWE of stakes in four public utility companies with remedies, comprising the sale of shares in two other public utility companies (RWE/Wuppertal/Velbert/Remscheid/Oberhausen)
Humboldt University (Berlin)
The operation On 29 June 2003 RWE Rhein-Ruhr (”RWE”) notified the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) that it intended to acquire a number of shareholdings in the gas and electricity sectors. These acquisitions comprised: (i) 20% of the municipal public utility company of Wuppertal; (ii) 20% of (...)

The EU Commission approves the creation of a joint venture bringing together the DCPD RIM (synthetic rubber) activities of two Japanese manufacturers (Zeon / Teijin)
European Commission - DG COMP
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European Commission - DG COMP
"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 (...)

The Czech Competition Office clears a merger in phase II in the sector of telecommunications subject to provide services under non discriminatory terms with regards to other services provider and final consumers (Telecom/Eurotel)
Clifford Chance
The operation On the basis of the share purchase agreement between ÈESKÝ TELECOM, a.s. ("TELECOM"), as a purchaser and ATLANTIC WEST B.V. ("AWBW"), as a seller, TELECOM acquired additional 49% of shares in Eurotel Praha a.s. ("EUROTEL") to the previously held 51 % of shares and became, thus, its (...)

The French Minister of Economics cleared a merger in the building materials sector subject to remedies, including divestiture (Point P/Dubois Matériaux )
French Competition Authority (Paris)
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Baker Mckenzie (Paris)
The operation By way of a letter dated 1 october 2003, the French Minister of Economy approved the acquisition of Dubois Materiaux by Point P, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain. The market(s) The relevant market was considered to be the wholesale supply of building materials, which can be further (...)

The Czech Competition Office clears a merger in the chemical sector subject to termination of an exclusive cooperation and business divestiture (DSM/Roche)
Clifford Chance
The operation On the basis of the share and property purchase agreement concluded between DSM N.V. ("DSM") and Roche Holding AG, Roche Finanz AG, Roche Vitamins Inc., Roche Farma SA, Roche Pharmaholding B.V., Roche Deutschland Holding GmbH and Hoffmann - La Roche France SAS, DSM acquired (...)

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