Germany: Merger Control

Statistics In 2013, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) received approximately 1,100 merger control notifications, a figure roughly equal to the number of notifications in previous years. 18 cases were subject to an in-depth investigation. The authority issued two prohibition decisions: one related to the acquisition of cable TV operator Tele Columbus by its rival Kabel Deutschland; the other concerning the hospital merger Asklepios/Rhön-Klinikum, where the undertakings concerned did not fulfil a commitment to sell certain assets. Two notifications were withdrawn at an advanced stage.