Merger Notification - Announcement according to § 10 Cartel Act

Mondi Gruppe; Mercer Holz GmbH; Wood & Paper a.s. - BWB/Z-5216 | Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde

Mondi Gruppe; Mercer Holz GmbH; Wood & Paper a.s.



On 19.01.2021 the Austrian Federal Competition Authority was notified of the following merger:

Planned purchase process

Mondi Świecie S.A., Poland ("Mondi Świecie"), an affiliated undertaking of Mondi Investments Limited (United Kingdom) and, thus, part of the Mondi Group,
(ii) Mercer Holz GmbH, Germany ("Mercer Holz"), an affiliated undertaking of the Mercer Group, (iii) Wood & Paper a.s., Czech Republic ("W&P"), which is ultimately controlled by Norske Skog Group (Norway), Sappi Group (South Africa), Heinzel Group (Austria), Mondi Group and Holzindustrie Maresch Gmbh (Austria), and (iv) Slovwood Ruzomberok a.s., Slovak Republic ("Slovwood"), ultimately controlled by Mondi Group, intend to establish a joint venture in Poland. Mondi Świecie will acquire a stake in the joint venture of 34%, Mercer Holz of 26%, W&P of 25% and Slovwood of 15%.

Economic Sector: Forestry

Industry sector: A - Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Fischerei

Deadline for bringing in an application pursuant to § 11(1) Cartel Act will end on 16.02.2021.

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 17.02.2021 .

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