The French Competition Council uses economic models in a phase II assessment of a merger of salmon producers (Marine Harvest - Pan Fish)

Introduction On 20 October 2006, the French Competition Council recommended that the proposed acquisition of Marine Harvest NV by Pan fish ASA be cleared, subject to remedies. The main competitive concern raised by the proposed transaction related to potential unilateral effects in the EEA-wide market for Atlantic farmed salmon. The Council held that the transaction was likely to raise significant concerns because of the parties' large share (40-50%) in one market segment (Scottish salmon), even though the parties had a joint share of only approximately 33% of the relevant market, and post-merger the HHI did not exceed 1400. The Council's analysis is largely endorsed by the DGCCRF [1]. In contrast, the same transaction was cleared unconditionally by the Competition Commission [2].

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Francesco Rosati, The French Competition Council uses economic models in a phase II assessment of a merger of salmon producers (Marine Harvest - Pan Fish), 20 October 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2006, Art. N° 14058

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