August 2001

Anticompetitive practices

The German Federal Cartel Office imposes a fine on a specialist retailer for not having clearly distinguished his own branches from the franchisees with regard to pricing and advertisement policies, thus restricting the franchisee’s freedom to determine their own retail prices
Linklaters (Dusseldorf)
Description of the impugned case The FCO decided that the specialist retailer violated the (at that time applicable) special prohibition to recommend retail prices in particular by providing the franchisees with price recommendations without however indicating that those prices were not (...)

Mergers

The EU Commission refers to the German Competition Authority the examination of the impact of a proposed joint venture in the energy sector on the downstream market for oil products (Deutsche / RWE-DEA)
DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) (Brussels)
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DG COMP (Brussels)
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Financial Conduct Authority (London)
"Merger control: main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2001"* The Commission on 23 August referred to the German Competition Authority the examination of the impact in the downstream market for oil products of a proposed joint venture between Deutsche and RWE-DEA. At the same time, the (...)

The French Minister of Economy clears a merger in the advertising sector with remedies concerning network access (La Poste / Delta Diffusion)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The operation In the case at hand, Mediapost, a subsdiary of La Poste, acquires the distribution of leaflets business of Delta Diffusion. The market(s) The markets involved are the door-to-door distribution of commercial leaflets both at national and local level. Remedy The Minister notes (...)

The Hungarian Competition Office fines cement manufacturers group for failure to notify the acquisition of joint control but clears the merger (Breitenburger, Schwenk, Heidelberger - BÉCEM)
Lakatos, Köves & Partners (Budapest)
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Lakatos, Köves & Partners (Budapest)
In 2001, the HCO launched proceedings against Holcim Hungária Cementipari Rt. (Holcim Hungária), Duna-Dráva Cement Kft. (Duna-Dráva), BÉCEM Kőlisztgyártó, Vagyonkezelő és Szolgáltató Cement- és Mészipari Rt. (BÉCEM), Breitenburger Auslandsbeteiligungs GmbH (Breitenburger), Heidelberger Zement AG (...)

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