The Belgian Competition Council allows a transaction between two cinema chains following previous merger remedies (Kinepolis / Multiscope)

Background information The Kinepolis Group NV (hereafter: Kinepolis), the largest cinema chain in Belgium, was formed after a merger in 1997 of Groep Bert and Groep Claeys. The merger had been approved by the Belgian Competition Council under a number of conditions. Those merger remedies were lifted on 16 April 2007 by a decision of the Competition Council which was quashed on 18 March 2008 by the Brussels Court of Appeal after competing cinema operators lodged an appeal. In a new decision of 1 October 2008 the Competition Council decided to uphold partly the initial merger remedies limited in time for a period of three years. Again however competing cinema operators lodged an appeal. Kinepolis, which owns cinema complexes in Belgium, France, Spain, Poland and Switzerland, and its

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Dieter Gillis, The Belgian Competition Council allows a transaction between two cinema chains following previous merger remedies (Kinepolis / Multiscope), 29 October 2008, e-Competitions October 2008, Art. N° 25116

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