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Document C2006/321/13

Prior notification of a concentration (Case COMP/M.4484 — Danske Bank/Sampo Bank) Text with EEA relevance

OJ C 321, 29.12.2006, p. 37–37 (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 321/37

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.4484 — Danske Bank/Sampo Bank)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2006/C 321/13)


On 15 December 2006, 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 Danske Bank A/S (‘Danske Bank’, Denmark) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of the whole of the undertaking Sampo Bank plc (‘Sampo Bank’, Finland) by way of a purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Danske Bank: financial services, including insurance, mortgage finance, asset management, brokerage, real estate and leasing services;

for Sampo Bank: banking and investment services to retail, corporate and institutional customers.


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.4484 — Danske Bank/Sampo Bank 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.