The Spanish Competition Authority authorizes the acquisition of a private hospital subject to behavioural commitments on the quality of the healthcare services (Clínica Santa Cristina)

Introduction On 12 April 2019 the Spanish Competition Authority (“CNMC”) authorized after a second phase review the acquisition of a private hospital located in the Spanish province of Albacete (Clínica Santa Cristina) by Quirón Group (the “Merger”), which is ultimately controlled by the global healthcare group Fresenius, subject to certain behavioural commitments which touched upon, especially, the quality of the healthcare services to be offered by the merged entity. Interestingly, the Merger required the clearance of the CNMC solely on account of the market share notification threshold of the Spanish Competition Act (Article 8.1.a.) – the turnover threshold was

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Pablo González De Zárate Catón, The Spanish Competition Authority authorizes the acquisition of a private hospital subject to behavioural commitments on the quality of the healthcare services (Clínica Santa Cristina), 12 April 2019, e-Competitions April 2019, Art. N° 92732

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