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Document 52018M8836

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.8836 — 3i/Sits) — Candidate case for simplified procedure (Text with EEA relevance. )

OJ C 90, 9.3.2018, p. 14–15 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

C 90/14

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.8836 — 3i/Sits)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2018/C 90/06)


On 1 March 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:

3i Group plc (The United Kingdom),

Crown Bidco BV, controlled by 3i Group plc,

Sits Holding BV (The Netherlands)

3i Group plc (3i) will acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation, and through Crown Bidco BV, control of the whole of Sits Holding BV (Sits).

The concentration is accomplished by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

—   3i: investment management focused on midmarket private equity and infrastructure investments.3i invests in three core sectors: business and technology services, consumer and industrial,

—   Crown Bidco BV: vehicle company created for the purpose of this transaction,

—   Sits: manufacture, under the name Royal Sanders, of personal care products, such as: bath and shower, skin care products, deodorants and perfumes. It manufactures primarily for retailers and brand owners. It also owns a portfolio of branded care products which includes Van Gils, Sanicur and Odorex.


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.


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.8836 — 3i/Sits

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



+32 22964301

Postal address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


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

(2)  OJ C 366, 14.12.2013, p. 5.