Official Journal of the European Union

C 43/29

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.4999 — Heineken/Scottish & Newcastle assets)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2008/C 43/09)


On 12 February 2008, 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 Heineken International BV (‘Heineken’, the Netherlands) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of parts of the undertaking Scottish & Newcastle plc (‘S&N assets’, United Kingdom) by way of public bid announced on 25 January 2008.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Heineken: the production and distribution of beer and other beverages,

for S&N assets: the production and distribution of beer and other beverages by the operational businesses in Belgium, Finland, India, Ireland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the USA.


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.


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 ((32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.4999 — Heineken/Scottish & Newcastle assets, 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.