The German Federal Cartel Office clears a merger subject to structural remedies in the sugar regulated and oligopolistic market (Nordzucker/Danisco)

On 17 February 2009, the German Federal Cartel Office cleared a merger in the sugar sector subject to conditions and obligations [1]. The case concerned the indirect acquisition of the sugar activities of the Danish company Danisco Sugar A/S by the German sugar refinery Nordzucker AG, an oligopolist controlling the German sugar market jointly with Südzucker AG. Background Since 1968, there has been a European legal regime isolating the European sugar market from the fierce competition on a global level. However, due to a panel decision of the WTO [2] , the legal framework had to be reformed in 2006. The aim of this reform was to reduce the total output of sugar within the EU, thereby increasing the imports into the EU and at the same time capping the EU's exports. Today, the European

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  • Gleiss Lutz (Munich)
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (Munich)
  • Gleiss Lutz (Munich)

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, Ines Orth, The German Federal Cartel Office clears a merger subject to structural remedies in the sugar regulated and oligopolistic market (Nordzucker/Danisco), 17 February 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2009, Art. N° 26685

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