Compecon - Key Irish Merger Cases

By: Compecon  05/12/2011
Keywords: Economic Analysis

The Competition Act, 2002, radically reformed Ireland's merger control regime by transferring responsibility for merger decisions (apart from media mergers) to the Competition Authority. This report analyses all of the key cases considered by the Authority over the period from July 2003, when the merger provisions of the 2002 Act came into force up to December 2010. The 31 cases analysed involve all 21 cases that were subject to a full (Phase 2) investigation along with a further 10 cases that were cleared following a preliminary (Phase 1) investigation but which raised some interesting economic issues. The report also includes an economic analysis of the EU Commission and EU General Court decisions in respect of the proposed Ryanair/Aer Lingus merger. The report summarises the key facts in each case and provides a critical economic analysis of the Authority’s Determination in the case. In some cases the report draws comparisons with merger decisions in other jurisdictions. The report also includes a description of economic concepts and issues involved in merger cases as well as some overall conclusions on the Authority’s decisions.

List of Cases.

Case 1: M/03/029 – DAWN MEATS/GALTEE MEATS
Case 2: M/04/016 – STENA/P&O
Case 3: M/04/020 – UNIPHAR/WHELEHAN
Case 4: M/04/032 – IBM/SCHLUMBERGER
Case 5: M/05/06 – Glanbia/Dairygold
Case 6: M/05/024 – UGC(CHORUS)/NTL
Case 7: M/05/027 – M&J GLEESON/UNITED BEVERAGES
Case 8: M/05/028 – ALPHYRA/EASON ELECTRONICS
Case 9: M/05/050 – EIRCOM/METEOR
Case 10: M05/051 – GRAFTON/HEITON
Case 11: M/06/027 – TETRA LAVAL/CARLISLE
Case 12: M/06/029 – KINGSPAN/XTRATHERM
Case 13: M/06/057 – COILLTE/WEYERHAEUSER
Case 14: M/06/087 – APPLIED MATERIALS INC./BROOKS SOFTWARE
Case 15: M/06/098 - PREMIER FOODS/RHM
Case 16: M/07/038 – CDG/AEPL
Case 17: M/07/051 – GALCO/SPERRIN
Case 18: M/08 /09 - KERRY/BREEO
Case 19: M/08/011 - HEINEKEN/SCOTTISH & NEWCASTLE
Case 20: M/09/013 – METRO/HERALD AM
Case 21: M/09/024 – GREENSTAR/VEOLIA (IRELAND)
Case 22: M/10/020 – ESB/NIE
Case 23: M/10/038 – Barnett/Origin/Hall
Case 24: M/10/043 – Stena/DFDS
Case 25: THE LOCAL RADIO CASES
1: M/03/033 - SRH/FM104
2: M/05/025 - SRH/Highland Radio
3: M/07/040 - Communicorp/SRH
Case 26: SELECTED CONSUMER FOODS CASES
1: M/05/033 – Heinz/HP
2: M/06/051 – Tayto/Largo
3: M/07/027 – Britvic/C&C
4: M/07/041 – Origin/Odlum
Case 27: RYANAIR/AER LINGUS


Keywords: Economic Analysis

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The report also includes an economic analysis of the EU Commission and EU General Court decisions in respect of the proposed Ryanair/Aer Lingus merger. This report provides businesses and their advisors with a detailed insight into the Irish Competition Authority’s economic analysis of mergers. The report provides a detailed economic analysis of 31 key merger decisions of the Authority over the period from July 2003 to December 2010.