Introduction 1 On 3 October 2008 the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), Ireland’s competition agency, cleared the acquisition by Heineken N. V. (Heineken) of Beamish and Crawford plc (B&C) which, in turn, was owned by Scottish and Newcastle plc (S&N).  It was determined that the merger would not lead to a substantial lessening of competition (SLC), the competition test used by the CCPC. The transaction was notified to the CCPC on 3 April 2008, Phase II initiated on 1 August 2008. There was no appeal on the CCPC’s decision.  2 The Heineken/B&C merger was the first instance in which European Commission made a referral back to the CCPC under Article 9(2)(a) and (b) of the Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 of January 2004 on the control of
The Irish Competition Authority clears an acquisition referred back by the European Commission in the brewery market (Heineken / B&C)
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