CASE COMMENTS : MERGER CONTROL – SOLE CONTROL ACQUISITION – CHEMICAL PRODUCTS – HORIZONTAL OVERLAPS – COMMITMENTS – VERTICAL RESTRICTIONS – NO FORECLOSURE EFFECTS – AUTHORIZATION WITH OBLIGATIONS

Horizontal overlaps – Commitments: The European Commission cleares a concentration between companies active in the chemical sector but imposes undertakings from the parties since the operation took place on already very concentrated markets (BASF/Cognis)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. eur. comm. dec. art. 6(2) Reg. 139/2004, 30 November 2010, BASF/Cognis, case COMP/M.5927 As the time limits for publishing decisions are becoming longer and longer, it is only recently that the decision in the BASF/Cognis case has been made available on the Commission's website. The transaction itself does not call for any particular comment since it involved the acquisition by BASF SE (Germany), the Ludwigshafen-based company, of 100% of the capital (and thus sole and total control) of Cognis GmbH (Germany), a company operating production sites in more than 30 countries and supplying worldwide, inter alia, speciality chemicals, nutritional ingredients

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Dominique Berlin, Horizontal overlaps – Commitments: The European Commission cleares a concentration between companies active in the chemical sector but imposes undertakings from the parties since the operation took place on already very concentrated markets (BASF/Cognis), 30 November 2010, Concurrences N° 3-2011, Art. N° 37311, pp. 152-155

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