Merger Notification - Announcement according to § 10 Cartel Act
Equistone Partners Europe Ltd.; Barefoot Gruppe
On the Austrian Federal Competition Authority was notified of the following merger:
Planned purchase process
Planned indirect acquisition of at least 50% of the shares and therefore the indirect sole control of Shoes Unlimited B.V., Star Collection B.V., Palm & Pines Footwear BV, Serve & Volley Footwear BV, Rehab Footwear B.V., Newport Footwear B.V., Kidboxer B.V., all Waalwijk, the Netherlands, and in the Trend Design Inc., Goodyear, the USA, as well as from essential company parts the trend design Beheer B.V., Waalwijk, the Netherlands, by the Equistone Partners Europe Ltd., London, the United Kingdom. The merger plan concerns the area of Design by shoe collections and wholesale with shoes.
Industry sector: C - Verarbeitendes Gewerbe/Herstellung von Waren
Deadline for bringing in an application pursuant to § 11(1) Cartel Act will end on 16.12.2014.
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.
Non-prohibition of the merger
The Federal Competition Authority and the Federal Cartel Prosecutor have not applied for examination of the merger by the Cartel Court. The standstill obligation (§ 17 (1) Cartel Act) ends with effect from 16.12.2014 .