Merger Notification - Announcement according to § 10 Cartel Act

Olympia-Verlag GmbH; E-Quadrat communications GmbH - BWB/Z-5585 | Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde

Olympia-Verlag GmbH; E-Quadrat communications GmbH



On 30.07.2021 the Austrian Federal Competition Authority was notified of the following merger:

Planned purchase process

The German company Olympia-Verlag GmbH intends to expand its app “kicker” (a sport news portal focusing on football) into the Austrian market via a joint venture with Austrian company E-Quadrat communications GmbH. The objective of the joint venture is to jointly generate digital advertising revenues by marketing the international and local content.

Industry sector: J - Information und Kommunikation

Deadline for bringing in an application pursuant to § 11(1) Cartel Act will end on 27.08.2021.

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 28.08.2021 .

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