Official Journal of the European Union

C 323/20

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.4014 — GLB/Luminar/JV)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(2005/C 323/07)

(Text with EEA relevance)


On 12 December 2005, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertakings Groupe Lucien Barrière S.A.S. (‘GLB’, France), jointly controlled by the Barrière-Desseigne family, Accor S.A. (‘Accor’, France) and Colony Capital, LLC (‘Colony’, USA), and Luminar PLC (‘Luminar’, United Kingdom) acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation joint control of the undertaking Waterimage Limited (‘Waterimage’, United Kingdom) by way of purchase of shares in a newly created company constituting a joint venture.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for GLB: casinos, luxury hotels and restaurants mainly in France,

for the Barrière-Desseigne family: casinos and hotels,

for Accor: casinos, hotels, restaurants, services to companies and public communities and travel services,

for Colony: property investment,

for Luminar: bars and restaurants in the United Kingdom,

for Waterimage: casinos in the United Kingdom.


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 (No (32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.4014 — GLB/Luminar/JV, to the following address:

European Commission

Competition DG

Merger Registry


B-1049 Brussels

(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.

(2)  OJ C 56, 5.3.2005, p. 32.