The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the bookselling sector subject to the divestiture of a bookshop (Weltbild / Hugendubel / Weiland)

The operation On 22 September 2006, DBH Buchhandels GmbH & Co. KG (“DBH”), a joint venture of Verlagsgruppe Weltbild GmbH (“Weltbild”) and Heinrich Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG (“Hugendubel”), notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of 50.1% of the shares of Beteiligungsgesellschaft Gustav Weiland Nachf. GmbH & Co. KG (“Weiland”) from its shareholders Mr and Mrs Hamkens and G.W. Buchhandelsgesellschaft. For a potential transfer of the remaining shares, the parties agreed on put and call options to be executed between June 2009 and March 2013. Weltbild is a major publishing company and active in the stationary, mail order and remainder

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Jonas S. Brueckner, The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the bookselling sector subject to the divestiture of a bookshop (Weltbild / Hugendubel / Weiland), 16 January 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2007, Art. N° 20779

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