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Dutch healthcare merger cleared unconditionally 19.12.18

On 17 December 2018 the Dutch competition authority ACM cleared the merger of Bergman Clinics and NL Healthcare Clinics after an in-depth Phase II inquiry, without remedies being required The ACM concluded that there was limited overlap between the parties in providing healthcare services to patients in local and regional markets. In addition the ACM concluded that the merger would not result in a significant strengthening of the bargaining position of the merged entity vis-à-vis health insurers on a national procurement market. RBB Economics advised both parties alongside Houthoff. The ACM’s press release can be found here.