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European Commission - Press release

Mergers: Commission approves Tech Data's acquisition of computer-aided design software distribution business of Mensch und Maschine

Brussels, 27 October 2011 - The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the value added distribution (VAD) business of Mensch und Maschine Software (MuM) by Tech Data Europe, a wholesaler of IT, consumer electronics and telecommunication products. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition problems, because the parties have only moderate market shares and will continue to face a sufficient number of competitors in all markets concerned.

The Commission assessed the impact of the proposed transaction on the wholesale distribution markets of consumer electronics, IT and software products in Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Poland.

The combined market shares of the parties remain moderate in all of these markets. The Commission's investigation also confirmed that the parties would continue to face a sufficient number of competitors in these markets. The Commission therefore found that the proposed concentration would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA)1 or any substantial part of it.

The transaction was notified to the Commission for regulatory clearance in the EEA on 22 September 2011.

Tech Data Corporation, present in the EEA via its subsidiary Tech Data Europe, is a US-based international group involved primarily in the wholesale distribution of IT products.

Tech acquires MuM business that deals with the value added distribution of computer-aided design software manufactured by the US-based company Autodesk.

Merger control rules and procedures

The Commission, in 1989, was given the power to assess mergers and acquisitions involving companies with a turnover above certain thresholds (see Article 1 of the Merger Regulation). Its duty is to prevent concentrations that would significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.

The vast majority of mergers do not pose competition problems and are cleared after a routine review. From the moment a transaction is notified, the Commission generally has a total of 25 working days to decide whether to grant approval (Phase I) or to start an in-depth investigation (Phase II).

A non-confidential version of today's decision will be available at:

Contacts :

Amelia Torres (+32 2 295 46 29)

Marisa Gonzalez Iglesias (+32 2 295 19 25)

1 :

The EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

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