The German Bundeskartellamt clarifies the geographic allocation of turnover, particularly in relation to the application of the minor markets exemption (Lenzing AG / Kelheim Hygene)

In the Bundeskartellamt’s decision in Lenzing AG / Kelheim Hygene Fibres GmbH, in which it prohibited the creation of a monopoly in the viscose fibres market, the Bundeskartellamt clarified how it deals with the geographic allocation of turnover, especially in relation to the assessment of whether or not a merger falls within the scope of the Bagatellmarktklausel (minor markets clause). Lenzing, an international producer of cellulose fibre, planned to acquire 90 per cent of the shares in Kelheim, which produces viscose fibres used in the production of tampons and is a major supplier to tampon producers worldwide. Under German merger control rules, a market in which goods or commercial services have been offered for at least five years, and which had a sales volume of less than EUR 15

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Philipp Werner, The German Bundeskartellamt clarifies the geographic allocation of turnover, particularly in relation to the application of the minor markets exemption (Lenzing AG / Kelheim Hygene), 11 décembre 2012, e-Competitions December 2012, Art. N° 57350

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