The EU Commission conditionally clears a merger in the publishing sector (Lagardère / Natexis / VUP)

"Lagardère/Natexis/VUP: big deal in a small world"* The COMP/M.2978 Lagardère/Natexis/VUP case concerned the proposed acquisition of Editis (formerly called Vivendi Universal Publishing or VUP) by the Lagardère conglomerate. Before the transaction, Editis was the leader in the publishing, marketing and distribution of French language books and Lagardère‘s subsidiary Hachette Livre was the second player in the sector. Lagardère is also active in book retailing, broadcasting and newspaper publishing as well as distribution. The case, following formal notification on 14 April 2003, resulted in a number of decisions by the Commission: Article 6(1)(c) (opening of proceedings) on 5 June 2003, Article 9 (refusal to refer the case to France) on 23 July 2003, two Article 11(5) Decisions

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Thibaut Kleiner, Valérie Rabassa, Ulrich von Koppenfels, Gwenaëlle Nouët, Laurent Petit, Caroline Boeshertz, The EU Commission conditionally clears a merger in the publishing sector (Lagardère / Natexis / VUP), 7 January 2004, e-Competitions January 2004, Art. N° 38407

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