Joost Houdijk en Robbert Jaspers authors of the chapter on the Netherlands in the ninth edition of Global Legal Insights - Merger Control 2020.
Overview of merger control activity during the last 12 months
The Dutch Competition Authority (the ‘ACM’) dealt with a total number of 109 merger notifications in 2019, 106 of which were cleared in Phase I. Four mergers were referred to Phase II. The most notable merger cases were the takeover of Sandd by Post NL in the postal sector and the takeover of Iddink Group by Sanoma Learning in the education publishing sector. The number of merger notifications is slightly higher compared to the last three years. It remains remarkable how low the number of Phase II merger control cases is. A Phase II merger investigation constitutes an in-depth investigation of an intended concentration by the ACM, if the ACM foresees significant impediments of effective competition in the Netherlands because of the notified transactions, which require closer investigation.