The Italian Competition Authority conditionally clears a merger in the optical sector (Luxottica / Barberini)

Closing a Second Phase investigation in the Luxottica/Barberini case [1], the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has conditionally cleared a merger between two major players in the optical industry. After an in-depth review of the transaction, the ICA took the view that the notified merger may have vertical anti-competitive effects to address. Eventually, the ICA approved the merger upon the condition that the parties would implement a set of behavioural remedies. The notified merger Luxottica Group Spa (Luxottica) is a vertically integrated group and leader in the production and distribution of frames for eyewear. Barberini Spa (Barberini) produces and markets plano UV-coated lenses and its subsidiary Barberini GmbH (BG) is one of the two only producers of plano lenses, the other

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  • Desogus Law Office (Cagliari)

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Michele Giannino, The Italian Competition Authority conditionally clears a merger in the optical sector (Luxottica / Barberini), 19 November 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2018, Art. N° 88658

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