11 August 2020

Alstom/Bombardier receives Phase I clearance from the EU Commission

On 31 July, the European Commission approved Alstom’s proposed acquisition of Bombardier, subject to conditions. The transaction, which creates the world’s second-largest train manufacturer behind China’s CRRC, created horizontal overlaps in a number of rolling stock and signalling equipment markets in the EU. Following a Phase I investigation, the Commission cleared the deal after securing structural remedies for very high speed and mainline rolling stock, and behavioural remedies for the supply of legacy on-board signalling systems.

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