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MERGERS: AMO SR approved the merger of RNDr. Karel Matyska, CSc., Falck SK a.s. and Falck Emergency a. s.

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On 15 November 2016 the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic (hereafter “the Office”) approved the merger grounded in the acquisition of a joint control of the undertaking RNDr. Karel Matyska, CSc., seated at Renoirova 649/10, Hlubočepy, 152 00 Prague 5, the Czech Republic (hereafter “Notifier 1”) and the undertaking Falck SK a.s., seated at Galvániho ul. 7/D, 821 04 Bratislava, the Slovak Republic (hereafter “Notifier 2”) over the undertaking Falck Emergency a. s., seated at Galvániho 7/D, 821 04 Bratislava, the Slovak Republic (hereafter “Falck Emergency”).
Notifier 1 is active in companies operating in neighbouring countries as well as in a wider European area in several sectors (e.g. frozen products manufacturing, frozen food and consumer goods logistics). In the territory of the Slovak Republic, the Notifier 1 is active through several companies operating in different sectors (e.g. engineering, consulting and rental property), none of them is active in the health sector.
Notifier 2 belongs to the economic group FALCK offering assistance, emergency, medical and training services. In the territory of the Slovak Republic, Notifier 2 operates through the company Falck Emergency and companies under its control and specializes in operating in the fields of emergency medical service, medical transportation service, ambulant medical care, industrial fire protection, occupational health service, pharmaceutical care, private security services and extracurricular activities.
Before merging, the company Falck Emergency is jointly controlled by two undertakings, one of which (i.e. Notifier 2) after merging will remain jointly controlling Falck Emergency. By merging comes to the exchange of another one of the jointly controlling undertakings while Notifier 1 will become a new undertaking with a joint control.
On the basis of submitted documentation and information, the Office found neither horizontal nor vertical overlap between the activities of the merging parties in the territory of the Slovak Republic. After the evaluation of all acquired documentation and information, the Office came to the conclusion that the assessed merger does not significantly infringe the effective competition in the relevant market, mainly as a result of creation or strengthening of a dominant position.
Decision came into force on 16 November 2016.