The German Federal Cartel Office clears a merger in the hospital sector subject to remedies, therefore continuing its proactive role in reshaping the German hospital sector (AKK)

On 8 March 2006, the German Federal Cartel Office cleared a merger in the hospital sector subject to conditions and obligations [1] . The case concerned the acquisition of the Altona Children's Hospital (AKK), Hamburg-Altona, by the Altona Children's Hospital non-profit LLC (AKK gGmbH), a special purpose vehicle controlled by the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), and thus ultimately by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Background Until 2005 all hospital mergers in Germany had been cleared by the German Federal Cartel Office without exception. In March 2005, however, the Federal Cartel Office blocked a hospital merger for the first time. The decision was subsequently upheld by the German Federal Court of Justice [2] . Since then, the Federal Cartel Office has

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, The German Federal Cartel Office clears a merger in the hospital sector subject to remedies, therefore continuing its proactive role in reshaping the German hospital sector (AKK), 8 March 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2006, Art. N° 25287

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