The European Commission conditionally clears a merger in the industrial gases industry (Air Liquide / Messer)

"Air Liquide / Messer: addressing the changes brought about by the concentration in the industrial gases industry"* On 15 March 2004, the European Commission approved, subject to conditions, the acquisition by L’Air Liquide SA (‘Air Liquide’) of Messer Griesheim KGaA’s (‘Messer Group’) activities in Germany, the UK and the US (‘Messer’). The Commission was concerned that the merged entity would have become dominant on the European market for tonnage gases and jointly dominant with Linde in the German markets for bulk and cylinder gases. The Commission’s concerns were removed following Air Liquide undertaking to sell two pipeline networks, tonnage plants and bulk and cylinder businesses covering a large part of Germany. This case illustrates how quantitative tools may allow a thorough

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Henri Piffaut, Guillaume Loriot, François-Xavier Rouxel, The European Commission conditionally clears a merger in the industrial gases industry (Air Liquide / Messer), 15 mars 2004, e-Competitions March 2004, Art. N° 37330

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