01 Jan 2011

Royal Philips/Indal Group. On 21 December 2011 DG Competition of the European Commission has unconditionally approved the takeover of Indal Group by Royal Philips (case M.6357). Indal and Philips are both present in the area of professional light fixtures, indoor and outdoor. Lexonomics has provided economic advice to Philips during the complete takeover process.

Conditional rebates. On 29 July 2011 the Den Bosch District Court issued an injunction against Mars Nederland prohibiting it from further rolling out its conditional rebate programme for petrol station shops in the Netherlands. Lexonomics carried out an economic analysis of the competitive effects of the Mars programme for the plaintiff in this case, Nestle Nederland.

Eureko/De Friesland. On 1 June 2011 the NMa unconditionally approved the merger between helath insurers Eureko and De Friesland. The concerns of the NMa in the first phase of the assessment, namely that the new entity would experience less competitive pressure in the health insurance market as a result of a better purchasing position, were taken away in the second phase. Lexonomics gave economic advice to the parties during the second phase.

Economic research on exclusive contracts in healthcare sector. On 5 April 2011 at the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis Theon van Dijk commented on a discussion paper on competitive effects of vertical integrations and exclusive vertical restraints between health insurers en hospitals.