7.12.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 297/47


Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.4501 — HAL/Egeria/NB)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2006/C 297/13)

1.

On 29 November 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 undertakings HAL Investments B.V. (‘HAL’, The Netherlands) and Egeria Capital B.V. (‘Egeria’, The Netherlands) acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation joint control of N.V. Nationale Borg-Maatschappij (‘NB’, The Netherlands) by way of purchase of shares.

2.

The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for HAL: an international investment company investing in companies in a wide range of sectors;

for Egeria: private equity firm making investments in companies in the Netherlands or in companies having a Dutch link;

for NB: insurance company specialised in issuing bonds and guarantees.

3.

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.

4.

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 Case COMP/M.4501 — HAL/Egeria/NB, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

J-70

B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.

(2)  OJ C 56, 5.3.2005, p. 32.