Lion Nathan Australia Pty Limited - proposed acquisition of J Boag & Son Pty Limited

Acquirer(s)

  • Lion Nathan Australia Pty Limited

Target(s)

  • J Boag & Son Pty Limited

Market definition

The ACCC considered that the relevant market for the proposed acquisition was the national market for beer.

Competition analysis

On 18 December 2007 the ACCC formed the view, after conducting market inquiries, that the proposed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competiton in the relevant market. Factors informing this conclusion included that the merged entity would continue to be constrained by the presence of alternative bulk and packaged beer suppliers in Australia, in particular, the Foster's Group's beer division, Carlton United Breweries.

Timeline

DateEvent
08/11/2007ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
21/11/2007Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
18/12/2007ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.