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Document C2004/244/03

Prior notification of a concentration (Case COMP/M.3569 — WENDEL INVESTISSEMENT/BUREAU VERITAS)Text with EEA relevance

OJ C 244, 1.10.2004, p. 18–18 (ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

C 244/18

Prior notification of a concentration


(2004/C 244/03)

(Text with EEA relevance)


On 23 September 2004, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking Wendel Investissement (‘Wendel’, France) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of the whole of the undertaking Bureau Veritas S.A. (‘Bureau Veritas’, France), currently jointly controlled by Wendel and Poincaré Investissements, by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for undertaking Wendel: investment holding that controls in particular Legrand, Wheelabrator Allevard, Oranje-Nassau, and Stallergènes,

for undertaking Bureau Veritas: certification, classification and quality control.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 139/2004. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.


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. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (fax No (32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.3569 — WENDEL INVESTISSEMENT/BUREAU VERITAS, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry


B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel.

(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.