The German Federal Court of Justice confirms the prohibition of an energy merger considering that the national market for primary sales of electricity is dominated by a duopoly (E.ON / Stadtwerke Eschwege)

In a judgment of 11 November 2008, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) (Federal Court) upheld a previous decision of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court) which had itself confirmed a decision of the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) blocking E.ON's plan to acquire a 33% share in the municipal utility Stadtwerke Eschwege (Eschwege) [1] . In 2003, the acquisition was prohibited because, according to the FCO, E.ON and RWE formed a dominant duopoly in the markets for the supply of electricity to regional/local retail suppliers and industrial or corporate customers. This duopoly would have been strengthened by E.ON's acquisition of a minority stake in the municipal utility Eschwege. The Higher Regional Court confirmed the FCO's view. This judgment

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  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Berlin)
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Berlin)

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Frank Röhling, Bertrand Guerin, The German Federal Court of Justice confirms the prohibition of an energy merger considering that the national market for primary sales of electricity is dominated by a duopoly (E.ON / Stadtwerke Eschwege), 11 novembre 2008, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 24290

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