The Dutch Competition Authority clears in phase II a merger in the rental housing and units market despite high market shares (Woonstichting Hertog Hendrik van Lotharingen / Woningstichting SWS))

Introduction On 22 November 2005, Woonstichting Hertog Hendrik van Lotharingen ("HHvL") and Woningstichting SWS ("SWS") notified their merger plans to the Dutch Competition Authority (the "NMa"). The parties to the merger offer rental housing and rental units in the municipalities surrounding Eindhoven, the Netherlands. On 27 January 2006, the NMa decided that a dominant position could be created or reinforced in Eindhoven and the surrounding municipalities, in particular on the market for cheap and affordable social rental housing due to the merger. The NMa, therefore, decided that the notifying parties needed a license in order to proceed with the merger. On 10 March 2006, the notifying parties applied for a license. Assessment In earlier decisions, the NMa had already

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Robert Hardy, The Dutch Competition Authority clears in phase II a merger in the rental housing and units market despite high market shares (Woonstichting Hertog Hendrik van Lotharingen / Woningstichting SWS)), 16 June 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2006, Art. N° 21379

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