Official Journal of the European Union

C 209/11

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.4377 — Doughty Hanson/Caudwell Group Mobile Distribution Business)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(2006/C 209/04)

(Text with EEA relevance)


On 17 August 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 Doughty Hanson & Co. Limited (‘Doughty Hanson’, UK) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of the whole of the Caudwell Group Mobile Distribution Business (‘Mobile Distribution Business’, UK) by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for the undertaking Doughty Hanson: private equity fund manager;

for the Mobile Distribution Business: distribution and repair of mobile handsets and accessories, as well as ancillary services (e.g. customisation/kitting of mobile phones and packaging, sale of tariff-based contracts to consumers and businesses, sale of mobile phone top-up vouchers) and recruitment of professionals.


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. 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. 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.4377 — Doughty Hanson/Caudwell Group Mobile Distribution Business, 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.

(2)  OJ C 56, 5.3.2005, p. 32.