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Document 52019M9295

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9295 — Daimler/Geely/Ride-hailing JV) — Candidate case for simplified procedure (Text with EEA relevance.)

OJ C 123, 2.4.2019, p. 25–26 (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 123/25

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.9295 — Daimler/Geely/Ride-hailing JV)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2019/C 123/14)


On 25 March 2019, 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:

Daimler AG (‘Daimler’, Germany),

Geely Technology Group Co., Ltd (‘Geely’, China),

Ride-hailing JV (‘JV’, China).

Daimler and Geely acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) and 3(4) of the Merger Regulation joint control over a newly created joint venture (‘JV’) by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

—   for Daimler: a publicly listed company that is globally active in the development, manufacturing and distribution of automotive products, mainly passenger cars (under the Mercedes-Benz and ‘smart’ brands), trucks, vans and buses.

—   for Geely: an automobile manufacturer engaged in the production and sales of passenger vehicles worldwide (including the brands Geely Auto, Lynk & Co, Proton, Lotus Volvo Cars and Polestar).

—   for JV: JV will be active in the field of ride-hailing services, starting in the premium segment with a small fleet of luxury cars by Mercedes-Benz serving commercial customers, public entities and private customers in China exclusively.


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 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.9295 — Daimler/Geely/Ride-hailing JV

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.