Hengeler Mueller secures merger clearance in the paper wholesale market

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After more than seven months of examination the German
Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has given clearance for the intended
acquisition of OptiGroup AB's German paper distribution business bundled in
Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG by Inapa – Investimentos, Participações e
Gestão, S.A.  With its subsidiary Papier
Union GmbH Inapa is also active in the domestic paper wholesale business.  The merger, which had been notified in
November 2018, has been cleared by the Bundeskartellamt after several
extensions of the examination period without any conditions or obligations.

Hengeler Mueller has handled the merger control
proceedings for both parties. The team included partner Christoph Stadler und
associate Philipp Otto Neideck (both Antitrust, Düsseldorf).

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