The Czech Competition Authority clears a merger in the technical gas sector, subject to divestment of a viable stand-alone business and termination of exclusive vertical agreements (Linde / AGA Gas)

The operation The merger concerned was a result of an operation, under which LINDE TECHNISCHE GASE (Germany) acquired 99,5 % shares over a Swedish company AGA AB. LINDE TECHNISCHE GASE was a 100 % shareholder of its Czech subsidiary, LINDE TECHNOPLYN a.s. ("LINDE"). AGA AB operated in the Czech Republic through 67 % of shares in AGA GAS spol. s r.o. ("AGA"). Both of the Czech companies are producers and distributors of technical gases. The market(s) The Office noted that both merging entities were producers and distributors of various kinds of technical gas. The relevant market was therefore defined as consisting of separate markets of oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and acetylene. Further, the Office noted that these markets had to be

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Petr Zákoucký, The Czech Competition Authority clears a merger in the technical gas sector, subject to divestment of a viable stand-alone business and termination of exclusive vertical agreements (Linde / AGA Gas), 2 June 2000, e-Competitions June 2000, Art. N° 20918

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