Hengeler Mueller secures merger clearance in the paper wholesale market

04. July 2019

After more than seven months of examination the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has given clearance for the intended acquisition of OptiGroup AB's German paper distribution business bundled in Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG by Inapa – Investimentos, Participações e Gestão, S.A.  With its subsidiary Papier Union GmbH Inapa is also active in the domestic paper wholesale business.  The merger, which had been notified in November 2018, has been cleared by the Bundeskartellamt after several extensions of the examination period without any conditions or obligations.

Hengeler Mueller has handled the merger control proceedings for both parties. The team included partner Christoph Stadler und associate Philipp Otto Neideck (both Antitrust, Düsseldorf).