EUR-Lex Access to European Union law

Back to EUR-Lex homepage

This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website

Document 52019M9620

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9620 — Bridgepoint/Vermaat) Candidate case for simplified procedure (Text with EEA relevance) 2019/C 394/05

OJ C 394, 21.11.2019, p. 10–10 (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 394/10

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.9620 — Bridgepoint/Vermaat)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2019/C 394/05)


On 14 November 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:

Bridgepoint Group Limited (‘Bridgepoint’, United Kingdom),

Vermaat Groep B.V. (‘Vermaat’, the Netherlands).

Bridgepoint acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation sole control of the whole of Vermaat.

The concentration is accomplished by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Bridgepoint: an independently owned private equity group focussed on investing in established European middle market businesses in a broad range of sectors, including consumer/retail, business services, industrials, financial services, healthcare, media and technology,

for Vermaat: provides outsourced catering services to a variety of markets including corporates, leisure, hospitals and travel hubs. It offers services in over 350 food and beverage outlets, including restaurants, cafés, cafeterias, canteens and convenience stores in the Netherlands and to a lesser extent in Germany and Belgium.


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.9620 — Bridgepoint/Vermaat

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.