Walter Tretton

European External Action Service (Brussels)
Head of Operations

Walter is Head of Operations Section 3 "Development related to infrastructure (energy, transport) and environment"

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DG ENER (Brussels)
DG REGIO (Brussels)
DG SANCO (Brussels)
European Commission - DG CNECT (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) (Brussels)

Articles

9909 Bulletin

Ingrida Pucinskaite-Kubik, Karoly Nagy, Oliver Koch, Walter Tretton The EU Commission adopts a commitment decision concerning a possible abuse of a dominant position in the German gas transmission markets (RWE)

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The RWE gas foreclosure case: Another energy network divestiture to address foreclosure concerns* I. Introduction On 18 March 2009 the Commission adopted a commitment decision against RWE AG for suspected infringement of EU competition law. The commitments were offered by RWE to address the (...)

Claes Bengtsson, Kristóf Kovács, Peter Eberl, Søren Bo Rasmussen, Walter Tretton The EU Commission clears a merger in the Danish energy sector remedying competition problems through infrastructure unbundling and gas release (DONG / Elsam / E2)

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"DONG/Elsam/E2: Remedying competition problems in an energy merger through infrastructure unbundling and gas release"* 1. Introduction Following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission on 14 March 2006 authorised — subject to commitments — the acquisition by Danish natural gas (...)

Claes Bengtsson, Kay Parplies, Rainer Becker, Stephan Simon, Ulrich von Koppenfels, Walter Tretton The EU Commission clears a merger in the engineering sector addressing the issue of bidding markets and minority stakes (Siemens / VA Tech)

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"Siemens/ VA Tech: A Case of Bidding Markets and Minority Stakes"* On 26 April 2006, the merger case M.3653 — Siemens/VA Tech was closed following the successful sale, after an auction process organised by Siemens, of VA Tech‘s hydro power business to Andritz, an Austrian engineering group. (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission refers part of a proposed concentration in the terrestrial transport sector to the UK authorities (C3D/Rhône/Go-Ahead)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st September 2000 and 31st December 2000"* The European Commission decided to refer part of the proposed takeover by French company C3D and Rhône Capital LLC of the Go-Ahead Group Plc to the UK competition authorities. The referral to the UK (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The EU Commission approves a merger between French and Canadian companies in the broadcasting industry (Vivendi / Canal Plus / Seagram)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st September 2000 and 31st December 2000"* In October, the Commission approved the acquisition by French telecommunications and media company Vivendi and its subsidiary Canal+ of Canada’s Seagram. The transaction significantly affected three markets, (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission refers to the UK competition authorities the assessment of a proposed acquisition of UK Brewer by Belgium company (Interbrew/Bass)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* Between May and August, the Commission referred one case to a Member State under the Article 9 procedures. This was the referral of the proposed acquisition by the Belgian company Interbrew SA of the brewing and (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The EU Commission acknowledges the abandonment of a proposed acquisition in the airlines industry (SairGroup / CGD / Partest / Portugália)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The deal was abandoned after the Commission had opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed joint control of Portuguese airline Portugália by SAirGroup, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Partestand Banco Comercial (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission clears an acquisition in the markets for production and sale of power cables to energy utilities (Pirelli / BICC)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The Commission cleared the acquisition by Pirelli Cavi e Sistemi, the cable division of Italian Pirelli Group, of BICC General‘s power cable production plants in Italy and in Britain. BICC General will retain its (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission approves, subject to remedies, the acquisition of US beverage can producer by UK-based consumer packaging group (Rexam/American National Can)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The proposed acquisition of beverage can producer American National Can by UK-based Rexam Plc, a consumer packaging group raised some concerns as to the creation of dominant positions in two regional geographic (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission fines a company other than a notifying party in merger proceedings for the first time (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The Commission has imposed fines on Mitsubishi Heavy Industriesfor failing to supply information with regard to a joint venture last year between Kvaerner and Ahlström. This is the first time the Commission has fined (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission approves, subject to remedies, the acquisition of a Norwegian chemicals and explosives company by a venture capital group (Industri Kapital/Dyno)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The acquisition of Norwegian chemicals and explosives company Dyno by venture capital group Industri Kapital was approved following a four month, in-depth inquiry, subject to the divestiture by Industri Kapital of (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission launches a fact finding exercise addressed to companies following the Commission’s report on the application of the merger regulation threshold

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st September 2000 and 31st December 2000"* Following the Report from the Commission to the Council on the application of the Merger Regulation thresholds, an extensive fact finding exercise has been launched directly addressing companies involved in (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The EU Commission conditionally approves a merger in the pharmaceutical sector leading to the creation of the world’s largest pharmaceuticals company (Glaxo Wellcome / SmithKline Beecham)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* Resulting from the merger between Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham, the new company, Glaxo SmithKline, will be the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals firm with 7.3% of global sales. The deal raised concerns about (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission conditionally approves the acquisition of UK company active in the personal apparel industry by leading US consumer goods company (Sara Lee/Courtaulds)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The Commission conditionally approved the acquisition of Courtaulds Textiles Plc by Sara Lee. The deal would have created competition concerns in the hosiery market in France, where the companies own the two largest (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The European Commission conditionally approves the acquisition of UK producer-branded and retailer branded biscuits by US company (Nabisco/United Biscuits)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* This was the second time this year the Commission has had to rule on a take-over bid involving UB. It was a collective bid involving Finalrealm, the acquiring vehicle formed by Nabisco, US investment company Hicks, (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The EU Commission approves, subject to remedies, an acquisition leading to the creation of the world’s largest producers of plastics and chemicals (Dow Chemical / Union Carbide)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The acquisition by Dow Chemical of Union Carbide (UCC), creating one of the world’s largest producers of plastics and chemicals, posed competition concerns in three areas. The Commission found that without the (...)

Anna Papaioannou, Neil Marshall, Walter Tretton The EU Commission opens full investigation into the proposed acquisition of a British broadband cable company (Microsoft, Liberty Media/Telewest)

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"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* Microsoft notified an operation in February whereby it would have acquired joint control over Telewest, a British broadband cable company, with Liberty Media, a subsidiary of AT&T Corp. The Commission started an (...)

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