The Italian Antitrust Authority opens an investigation for abuse of dominance in the market for autoclaved cellular concrete (Italgasbeton / RDB)

On 14 December 2005, the Italian Antitrust Authority (“IAA”) opened proceedings under Article 82 EC Treaty - as well as under the correspondent national provision - against RDB S.p.A. (“RDB”) and its controlled company RDB Hebel S.p.A. (“RDBH”), for an alleged abuse of dominant position in the autoclaved cellular concrete (a building material known as gasbeton). RDBH is a joint venture between RDB and the Haniel group, one of the most important world-wide producer of building materials and with a particular position in gasbeton. The proceedings was triggered by a complaint submitted by Italgasbeton S.p.A., the main competitor of RDBH in Italy, claiming that RDB and RDBH is trying to monopolize the market by carrying out a complex strategy aimed at excluding Italgasbeton from the Italian

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  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Rome)
  • WilmerHale (Brussels)

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Gian Luca Zampa, Roberto Grasso, The Italian Antitrust Authority opens an investigation for abuse of dominance in the market for autoclaved cellular concrete (Italgasbeton / RDB), 14 December 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2005, Art. N° 396

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