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Document 52021M10549

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10549 – ARDIAN FRANCE / RG SAFETY) Candidate case for simplified procedure (Text with EEA relevance) 2021/C 483/15


OJ C 483, 1.12.2021, p. 37–38 (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 483/37

Prior notification of a concentration


Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2021/C 483/15)


On 23 November 2021, 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:

Ardian Expansion Fund V S.L.P., controlled by Ardian France S.A. (‘Ardian France’, France),

SAS Financière RG Safety (‘RG Safety’, France).

Ardian France acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation control of the whole of RG Safety.

The concentration is accomplished by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

Ardian France is a private equity firm that manages and advises investment funds with shareholdings in various companies around the world, particularly in Italy and France in the airport infrastructure, conveyor system design and maintenance and aeronautical maintenance sectors;

RG Safety is an international group specialising in the distribution of personal protective equipment, safety products and hygiene products for professionals, both under manufacturer brands and under its own brand – it operates in a range of sectors and is present in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Germany, Tunisia and Switzerland.


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 to it any observations they may have on the proposed transaction.

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


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


Fax +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.