The EU Commission conditionally approves a merger between two consumers-electronic manufacturers (Panasonic / Sanyo)

"Merger Case M.5421 Panasonic/Sanyo – Batteries included or ‘lost in translation'?"*I. Introduction It would be fair to say that consumer electronic products, rather than batteries, are perhaps the first things that come to mind when the names ‘Panasonic‘ and ‘Sanyo‘ are mentioned. Although the Commission's 2009 investigation of the tie-up between these two Japanese groups looked closely at a number of consumer products [1], it was in fact batteries in various shapes, sizes and chemistries that were at the heart of the competition analysis [2]. The case raised a number of interesting issues from a merger control perspective related to the Commission's remedy policy and how the Commission interacts with other competition authorities around the world. Besides notification to the European

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  • European Commission (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • European Investment Bank (Vienna)
  • European Commission (Brussels)

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Dimitrios Magos, Robert Thomas, Rita Devai, Tobias P. Maass, The EU Commission conditionally approves a merger between two consumers-electronic manufacturers (Panasonic / Sanyo), 29 September 2009, e-Competitions September 2009, Art. N° 34863

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