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Merger Notification - Announcement according to § 10 Cartel Act

BGO Holding GmbH; hali gmbh; svoboda büromöbel gmbh

BWB/Z-3817 13.02.2018

On 12.02.2018 the following merger was notified at the Federal Competition Authority:

Planed merger:

Acquisition of all shares of hali gmbh (Eferding) and svoboda büromöbel gmbh (St. Pölten) by BGO Holding GmbH (Vienna).
The proposed transaction concerns the development, production and sale of office and seating furniture.

Industry sector:  Other manufacturing

Deadline for bringing in an application pursuant to § 11(1) Cartel Act will end on 12.03.2018.

Entrepreneurs whose legal or economic interests are affected by the merger can bring in a written statement at the Federal Competition Authority or the Federal Cartel Prosecutor within 14 days from publication date.

Note: The intervening party has no right to a certain treatment of the statement and will not gain a party position.

Market test

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority (AFCA) held comprehensive preliminary talks with the parties of the merger. About 500 requests for information have been prepared, which have been sent to customers and competitors. In a next step the AFCA will analyse the answers and assess whether the merger will lead to a dominant position. A final assessment of the merger will only be possible after the conclusion of the analysis.