The EU Commission grants clearance subject to divestiture to a merger in the music publishing industry (BMG / Universal)

Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2007* In May the Commission approved the proposed acquisition of the music publishing business of Bertelsmann Music Group(BMG) of Germany by the US-based company Universal. The Commission found that the proposed merger, as initially notified, raised serious doubts as regards adverse effects on competition in the market for music publishing rights for online applications. However, the Commission’s investigation found that these concerns would be removed by the remedies package proposed by the parties concerning the divestiture of a number of publishing catalogues.

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  • JG Associates (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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John Gatti, Mary Loughran, The EU Commission grants clearance subject to divestiture to a merger in the music publishing industry (BMG / Universal), 22 mai 2007, e-Competitions May 2007, Art. N° 37767

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