The German Cartel Office imposes "gun jumping" fine against a leading US candy manufacturer for failure to comply with German premerger notification (Mars / Nutro Products)

In a highly unusual decision for Germany's Federal Cartel Office (FCO), on December 15, 2008, the agency imposed a fine of € 4.5 M against U.S. company Mars, Inc. for violating the bar to closing in Germany pending the completion of the German merger review process. This is the first such fine applied to a transaction between two non-German companies. In 2007, Mars announced its intention to acquire the global pet food operations of Nutro Products, Inc. After obtaining

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Carsten Gromotke, The German Cartel Office imposes "gun jumping" fine against a leading US candy manufacturer for failure to comply with German premerger notification (Mars / Nutro Products), 15 décembre 2008, e-Competitions December 2008, Art. N° 32014

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