The German Federal Cartel Office clears a merger in the petrol station market (Shell / HPV)

Background In October 2007, Shell notified its envisaged acquisition of six petrol stations in Eastern Germany to the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO). The seller was Hanseatic Petrol Vertriebs GmbH (HPV), that, under the brand name GO (for Germania Oil) owns a network of 130 petrol stations in the Eastern part of Germany originating from a takeover of former GDR Minol petrol stations. Shell is active on the German market - either direct or indirect - on all levels of the fuel business and is one of the largest mineral oil companies in Germany. In the past years, the FCO's decision division competent for the energy sector took a tough stance in relation to expansion plans of allegedly dominant firms in a couple of recent decisions with regard to mergers in the electricity and gas

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Max Klasse, The German Federal Cartel Office clears a merger in the petrol station market (Shell / HPV), 7 March 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Energy & Mergers, Art. N° 20533

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