The Dutch Competition Authority clears merger of three cable operators (Cinven, Warburg Pincus International, Essent Kabelkom)

1. Introduction On 8 December 2006 the Dutch Competition Authority (Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit, hereinafter "NMa") cleared the proposed takeover of Essent Kabelkom B.V. ("Kabelkom") by Cinven Limited ("Cinven") and Warburg Pincus International LLC ("Warburg Pincus"). Both Cinven and Warburg Pincus are investment companies and belong to two separate investment groups. Kabelkom is a Dutch cable operator that distributes radio and TV signals and supplies broadband internet and telecom services. The notification of this merger was referred to the Dutch Competition Authority on the basis of Article 4 of the Merger Regulation [1]. The NMa initiated investigations to examine potential concerns for competition, owing to the fact that Cinven and Warburg Pincus had already acquired

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  • De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)
  • Smeets Van Empel advocaten (Amsterdam)

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Margot Aelen, Loes Brekhof, The Dutch Competition Authority clears merger of three cable operators (Cinven, Warburg Pincus International, Essent Kabelkom), 8 December 2006, e-Competitions December 2006, Art. N° 21028

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