CASE COMMENTS: MERGER - FRANCE - PROHIBITION - PHASE II - RELEVANT MARKETS - TRANSPORT OF HYDROCARBONS BY PIPELINE - ESSENTIAL FACILITY

Prohibition: The French Competition Authority prohibits the acquisition of a company active in the hydrocarbon pipeline sector by a group of companies active in the transport, telecom and renewable energy sectors (Pipeline Méditerranée-Rhône / Ardian)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In this case, the Ardian group ["Ardian"], active in the transport, telecoms and renewable energy sectors, notified the French Competition Authority [the "Authority"] of its plan to acquire Société du Pipeline Méditerranée-Rhône ["SPMR"], which is active in the oil pipeline transport sector. Following a rapid competitive analysis ["phase 1"], the Authority considered that there were serious doubts that competition would be affected on the markets concerned by the transaction (Autorité de la concurrence decision no. 20-DEX-01 of 8 December 2020 on the acquisition of sole control of Société du Pipeline Méditerranée-Rhônepoint 8). Consequently, in accordance with

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Olivier Billard, Quentin Colombier, Prohibition: The French Competition Authority prohibits the acquisition of a company active in the hydrocarbon pipeline sector by a group of companies active in the transport, telecom and renewable energy sectors (Pipeline Méditerranée-Rhône / Ardian), 12 May 2021, Concurrences N° 4-2021, Art. N° 103363, pp. 97-102

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