The Stockholm District Court rules on searching seized documents in a merger proceeding (Assa)

The scope of competition authorities to search seized documents has been a hot topic in several recent European cases – notably as concerns the European Commission in the Nexans and Prysmian cases. The Stockholm District Court also ruled earlier this year on this issue in the case of Konkurrensverket v ASSA AB, and the issue is currently on appeal before the Swedish Market Court. ASSA AB (“ASSA”) is part of a corporate group that manufactures and wholesales locks and other security products. In September 2013 ASSA cancelled plans to buy out a wholesale rival, Prokey, after the Swedish Competition Authority, Konkurrensverket (“KKV”), raised a court action to block the merger after a phase II investigation. However, the failed merger was only the start of ASSA’s problems since internal

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Grant McKelvey, The Stockholm District Court rules on searching seized documents in a merger proceeding (Assa), 17 March 2014, e-Competitions March 2014, Art. N° 68832

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