November 1999

Anticompetitive practices

The Spanish Competition Authority rules that an agreement between two savings banks to coordinate the closing of their offices in several small villages is covered by the former “de minimis” exemption (Cajas Rurales Jalón y Zaragoza)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
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Garrigues (Brussels)
In a Decision dated November 15, 1999, the former Spanish second-tier Competition Authority (“Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia”, hereinafter, the “TDC”) ruled that an agreement between two savings banks to coordinate the closing of their offices in several small villages was subject to an (...)

Mergers

The French Minister of Economics prohibits a merger in the market for soft drinks despite proposed remedies of a long duration (Coca-Cola / Orangina)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The operation By the present transaction, TCCC, a major brand owner and global supplier of soft drink including Coca-Cola notified the acquisition of the Orangina trademak. Following the negative opinion given by the French competition council, the merger was prohibited by the Minister. The (...)

The Hungarian Competition Office clears a merger in the retail distribution after full investigation of de facto control (Csemege Julius Meinl / ALFA Kereskedelmi)
Lakatos, Köves (Budapest)
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Lakatos, Köves (Budapest)
In 1999, Csemege Julius Meinl Rt. (Csemege), a company owning a grocery retail chain, filed a notification with the Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) in which it requested the HCO to permit its acquisition of control in ALFA Kereskedelmi Kft. (ALFA), another grocery retailer. The acquisition (...)

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