The Spanish Tribunal for the Defence of Competition unconditionally clears in phase II a merger in the beer sector (Mahou-San Miguel / Cervezas Alhambra)

Introduction In November 2006, Mahou-San Miguel (GMSM), the leading Spanish brewing company, notified the Spanish first-tier competition authority (Servicio de Defensa de la Competencia, SDC) the acquisition of control over Alhambra, a competing brewery operating mainly in the Andalusia region. Alhambra enjoyed a market share of 2.2% in the national market (its share in Andalusia was 6.7%). However, and notwithstanding the “de minimis” market share of the target company, the SDC decided to refer the transaction to a second in-depth investigation by the Tribunal for the Defence of Competition (Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, TDC). Overview of the Spanish

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  • Associated British Foods (Madrid)

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Salomé Santos, The Spanish Tribunal for the Defence of Competition unconditionally clears in phase II a merger in the beer sector (Mahou-San Miguel / Cervezas Alhambra), 7 March 2007, e-Competitions March 2007, Art. N° 13678

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