The EU Commission approves a merger after an in-depth investigation and subject to a divestment (Staples / Office Depot)

1. Introduction On 10 February 2016, the European Commission (the Commission) conditionally approved the acquisition of Office Depot by its rival Staples. Both companies are US-based global suppliers of stationery and other office products to private consumers and businesses. The Commission cleared the transaction after an in-depth investigation subject to the divestment of Office Depot's contract distribution business (framework agreements for the supply of office products, generally entered with large business customers after competitive tenders) in Europe and its entire business in Sweden.1 On 10 May 2016, the US federal courts granted the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s request for a preliminary injunction and the deal was subsequently abandoned. Staples had previously

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Marta Andres-Vaquero, Daniele Calisti, Christos Tsoumanis, The EU Commission approves a merger after an in-depth investigation and subject to a divestment (Staples / Office Depot), 10 February 2016, e-Competitions February 2016, Art. N° 82442

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