ASL/Arianespace (M.7724) [Archived]
ASL/Arianespace (M.7724) [Archived]

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NOTE—appeal lodged by Avio before the General Court in Case T- 139/18

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 20 July 2016; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineEuropean Commission merger investigation into the planned acquisition by Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL, a 50/50 joint venture controlled by Airbus and Safran) of Arianespace (Case M.7724). The transaction involves vertical overlaps in satellite and launch service markets.

Latest developmentsThe Commission cleared the transaction subject to commitments on 20 July 2016.

Under the commitments, aimed at addressing concerns that potential flows of sensitive information between the companies could harm competition, the parties will:
• implement firewalls between Airbus and Arianespace to prevent information exchanges that may harm competitors; in particular, the companies will not share information with each other about third parties except for what is normally required for the everyday operation of the business
• implement measures restricting the mobility of employees between the companies, and
• establish an arbitration mechanism to be included in all their future non-disclosure agreements signed with third parties, to ensure the effective implementation of the firewalls.

PartiesAirbus Safran Launchers (ASL) is a 50/50 joint venture between Airbus and Safran. ASL manufactures the Ariane launcher.

Airbus is a Dutch-based company active in aeronautics, space and defence.

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