Vivatis/AVE Regau

The Austrian Cartel Court appointed Compass Lexecon’s Thilo Klein to draft an expert report analyzing whether the acquisition of AVE Tierkörperverwertungs GmbH by Vivatis Holding AG was likely to create or strengthen a dominant position. The transaction combined two of the three Austrian operators of animal rendering plants. Compass Lexecon’s analysis found that the transaction did not raise competition concerns with respect to any customer segment. In response to the expert report, the Federal Cartel Office and the Federal Cartel Prosecutor withdrew their requests for the Cartel Court to conduct an in-depth review. The Court closed the case in August 2012, paving the way for the transaction to proceed.