Fuel for thought - StatoilHydro/ConocoPhillips (Jet)*I. Introduction When faced with a proposed merger, antitrust authorities have to assess the likelihood and the magnitude of anticompetitive effects that may occur following the removal of one of the merging parties as an independent force in the various markets affected by the transaction. These possible anticompetitive effects must then be weighed against potential efficiency gains. To enable it to complete this task in the limited amount of time provided by the legislators, the Commission collects and contrasts information from different sources. The notifying party’s compulsory notification (Form CO) is the initial source of such information and contains a description of the industry along with more specific details regarding
The EU Commission conditionally approves a merger in the retail fuel sector using customer surveys and econometric studies to assess the likelihood of anticompetitive effects (StatoilHydro / ConocoPhillips)
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