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Document 52018M8802

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.8802 — KKR/Unilever Baking Cooking and Spreads Business) — Candidate case for simplified procedure (Text with EEA relevance. )

OJ C 87, 7.3.2018, p. 3–4 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

7.3.2018   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 87/3


Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.8802 — KKR/Unilever Baking Cooking and Spreads Business)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2018/C 87/03)

1.

On 27 February 2018, the Commission received notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1).

This notification concerns the following undertakings:

KKR & Co. LP (‘KKR’, USA), which manages and advises private equity and other investment funds,

Unilever NV’s and Unilever plc’s companies and businesses in the baking, cooking and spreads business (Unilever Baking Cooking and Spreads Business, the Netherlands).

KKR acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation control of the whole of Unilever Baking Cooking and Spreads Business.

The concentration is accomplished by way of purchase of securities.

2.

The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

—   for KKR: global investment firm which offers a broad range of alternative asset management services to public and private market investors and provides capital markets solutions for the firm, its portfolio companies and clients,

—   for Unilever Baking Cooking and Spreads Business: manufacture and sale of plant-based nutrition products including butter, margarine and other spreads, melanges, dairy cream alternatives and vegetable oils in Europe and worldwide.

3.

On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.

Pursuant to the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under the Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (2) it should be noted that this case is a candidate for treatment under the procedure set out in the Notice.

4.

The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. The following reference should always be specified:

M.8802 — KKR/Unilever Baking Cooking and Spreads Business

Observations can be sent to the Commission by email, by fax, or by post. Please use the contact details below:

Email: COMP-MERGER-REGISTRY@ec.europa.eu

Fax +32 22964301

Postal address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

BELGIQUE/BELGIË


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘Merger Regulation’).

(2)  OJ C 366, 14.12.2013, p. 5.


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