The European Antitrust Review 2016

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. Eighteen 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 Two notifications were withdrawn at an advanced stage. Final data for 2014 is not yet available, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the statistics were roughly similar to those of the previous year. There was only one prohibition decision – again concerning a hospital merger (Kreiskliniken Esslingen/Klinikum Esslingen).

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