Official Journal of the European Union

C 122/34

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.6914 — Possehl/Cookson European Precious Metals Business)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

2013/C 122/18


On 22 April 2013, 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 L. Possehl Co. & mbH (‘Possehl’, Germany), via its subsidiary Heimerle+Meule GmbH (Germany), acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation control of the whole of Cookson European Precious Metals Business (United Kingdom) by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Possehl: investing in diverse industrial companies active in a variety of different industries, including precious metal processing,

for Cookson European Precious Metals Business: supply of fabricated precious metals to the jewellery industry, production of investment products and providing precious metals refining services.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the EC 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 EC Merger Regulation (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 (+32 22964301), by email to COMP-MERGER-REGISTRY@ec.europa.eu or by post, under reference number COMP/M.6914 — Possehl/Cookson European Precious Metals Business, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘EC Merger Regulation’).

(2)  OJ C 56, 5.3.2005, p. 32 (‘Notice on a simplified procedure’).