The Austrian Supreme Court considers that the examination of a merger case excludes the parallel examination of antitrust issues (MPV/PGV)

Introduction The MPV/PGV decision discussed here concerns the (merger) notification of a logistic joint venture between two Austrian press wholesalers. Unlike the European Merger Regulation 139/2004, the Austrian Cartel Act does not foresee an appraisal of a transaction under anti-trust considerations (Section 1 Austrian Cartel Act resembling Article 101 TFEU) in merger control proceedings. The discussed decision sheds further light on the interrelation between Austrian merger control and the prohibition of cartels. Moreover, it discusses the difference(s) between the creation of a (new) full function joint venture and the acquisition of a stake in an already existing business. The decision includes two core messages: The examination of a merger case excludes the parallel

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Florian Neumayr, The Austrian Supreme Court considers that the examination of a merger case excludes the parallel examination of antitrust issues (MPV/PGV), 27 janvier 2014, e-Competitions January 2014, Art. N° 68780

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