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Case M.8472 concerning European Commission decision on joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha pursuant to Article 6(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 139/2004 and Article 57 of the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

Authors: Marjorie C. Holmes Emma Jones Vaibhav Adlakha

Introduction

On 19 May 2017, the Commission received notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 139/2004 by which Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), all from Japan (the Parties), would acquire, within the meaning of Articles 3(1)(b) and 3(4) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 139/2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings (the Merger Regulation), joint control of a joint venture (the JV) by way of a purchase of shares in a newly created company (the Transaction).