The European Commission approves the acquisition of a cement producer by its competitor, subject to conditions (Holcim / Lafarge)

"Holcim / Lafarge: paving the way to first phase clearance"* In the Holcim/Lafarge case, the Commission gave green light to the creation of a global player in the building materials industry. In order to obtain clearance, the Parties offered to divest a package of assets of an unprecedented size. The case offers insights into the scope and the procedural features that remedies need to have to be clear-cut and suitable for phase I clearance. Introduction On 15 December 2014, the Commission gave the green light for the merger between Holcim of Switzerland and Lafarge of France, subject to remedies [1]. The combination of these two cement producers creates a world leading player in the construction industry. The merger follows a string of deals in the industry. For instance, in the

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Jean-Christophe Mauger, Daniele Calisti, The European Commission approves the acquisition of a cement producer by its competitor, subject to conditions (Holcim / Lafarge), 15 December 2014, e-Competitions December 2014, Art. N° 72134

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