The Portuguese Competition Authority blocks a merger in the highways operation sector but the Minister of Economy finally overturns the Competition Authority’s decision (AEA / Brisa - AEO)

NB: This case is referrenced under two different dates: 7 April 2006 for the NCA's decision, and 7 June 2006 for the Minister's decision. The comment below concerns these two decisions. On 24 March 2005, Brisa - Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A. (“Brisa”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Via Oeste, SGPS, S.A., and Auto-Estradas do Oeste - Concessões Rodoviárias de Portugal, S.A. (“AEO”) have filed a notification with the Autoridade da Concorrência (“AdC”, the Portuguese Competition Authority) for the acquisition of joint control over Auto-Estradas do Atlântico - Concessões Rodoviárias de Portugal, S.A. (“AEA”). All the undertakings involved in the concentration were (and still are) active in the operation of

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Frederico Pereira Coutinho, Rita Leandro Vasconcelos, The Portuguese Competition Authority blocks a merger in the highways operation sector but the Minister of Economy finally overturns the Competition Authority’s decision (AEA / Brisa - AEO), 7 June 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin Prohibited mergers, Art. N° 21387

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