CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – FRANCE – SOLE CONTROL – PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL

Sole control: The French Competition Authority clears, for the very first time, the acquisition of a professional football club (Ineos / Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 21 August 2019, the French Competition Authority authorised the acquisition of sole control of the SASP Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice Côte d'Azur, which manages the OGC Nice football club, by Ineos Industries Holding, a company incorporated under English law and belonging to the Ineos group. The case is novel in several respects. This is the first merger decision relating to the acquisition of a professional football club. The professional football sector had never before been examined in the context of merger control, either at national or European level. The Competition Authority has also granted a derogation from the suspensive effect of merger

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Olivier Billard, Guillaume Fabre, Margaux Serra, Sole control: The French Competition Authority clears, for the very first time, the acquisition of a professional football club (Ineos / Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice), 21 August 2019, Concurrences N° 4-2019, Art. N° 92346, pp. 131-132

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