August 2000

Anticompetitive practices

The Hungarian Competition Authority finds discriminative RPM agreement to be anti-competitive (Délhús)
Oppenheim (Budapest)
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Oppenheim (Budapest)
Description of the impugned case Nine meat processing companies and two retailers (METRO and SPAR) concluded agreements, which concerned the supply of raw smoked pork products. The undertakings under investigation agreed in the quantity to be offered to the two retailers and also determined (...)

The European Commission approves the cooperation agreement between two car manufacturers (General Motors/Fiat)
DG COMP (Brussels)
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Kreab
"The Commission approves the cooperation agreement between General Motors Corporation and Fiat SpA"* On 16 August 2000, the Commission cleared the cooperation agreement between General Motors and Fiat in the areas of powertrains, jointpurchase of car components and some other joint activities, (...)

Mergers

The Turkish Competition Authority clears a merger in the construction sector subject to limitations on bidding in future tenders (Koç / Garanti Koza)
Esin (Istanbul)
The operation Prior to the transaction, 98.34% of the shares of Garanti Koza were being held by Koc Group companies. The Parties entered into a Shareholders’ Agreement (the “Shareholders’ Agreement”) on June 01, 2000 whereby Koc Group agreed to sell to Balfour and Balfour agreed to purchase and (...)

The European Commission conditionally approves a merger in the paper industry (Metsä-Serla/Modo Paper)
European External Action Service (Brussels)
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Financial Conduct Authority (London)
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DG COMP (Brussels)
"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The proposed acquisition by Finnish-based company Metsä-Serla Corp. of sole control of Swedish-based company Modo Paper AB raised concerns about the reduction of the number of paper merchants in Sweden to only two (...)

The European Commission refers to the UK competition authorities the assessment of a proposed acquisition of UK Brewer by Belgium company (Interbrew/Bass)
European External Action Service (Brussels)
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Financial Conduct Authority (London)
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DG COMP (Brussels)
"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 (...)

The EU Commission acknowledges the abandonment of a proposed acquisition in the airlines industry (SairGroup / CGD / Partest / Portugália)
European External Action Service (Brussels)
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Financial Conduct Authority (London)
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DG COMP (Brussels)
"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 (...)

The European Commission conditionally approves a merger in the mobile telecommunications services (France Telecom/Orange)
European External Action Service (Brussels)
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Financial Conduct Authority (London)
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DG COMP (Brussels)
"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* After the Commission had approved Vodafone Airtouch’s acquisition of Germany’s Mannesmann in April, subject to the divestment of Orange, so as to remove competition concerns arising from overlaps in the Belgian and (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority clears with remedy a merger in the pharmaceuticals sector subject to remedies, including transfer of licences to third parties (Glaxo-SmithKline)
Esin (Istanbul)
The operation Prior to the transaction Glaxo was a public company which was engaged in research, development, production and marketing in the pharmaceuticals sector. Glaxo had a Turkish subsidiary named Glaxo Wellcome Ilaclarý San. A.S. (“Glaxo Turkey”) through which Glaxo carried out its (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority clears a merger in the chemicals sector subject to transfer of products licenses to a third party (Glaxo-SmithKline)
Esin (Istanbul)
The operation Prior to the transaction Glaxo was a public company which was engaged in research, development, production and marketing in the pharmaceuticals sector. Glaxo had a Turkish subsidiary named Glaxo Wellcome Ilaclarý San. A.S. (“Glaxo Turkey”) through which Glaxo carried out its (...)

State Aid

The French Administrative Court of Orléans denies State aid qualification to carcass disposal scheme on grounds of service of general economic interest - confirming other lower Courts’ rulings (Sobledis)
Sheppard Mullin (Brussels)
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Maersk (Copenhagen)
Brief description of the facts and legal issues The claimant contested the legality of the tax, arguing, inter alia, that it was part of an unlawful State aid scheme. Summary of the Court’s findings The Administrative Court of Orléans stated that the scheme financed by this tax did not (...)

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