Bundeskartellamt clears merger between Asklepios and Rhön-KlinikumChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 1, 2020
The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the planned acquisition of up to 100% of the shares in and sole control of Rhön Klinikum AG, Bad Neustadt/Saale, by Asklepios Kliniken GmbH KGaA, Hamburg, in the first phase of merger control.
Klinikum Asklepios Kliniken GmbH
Topics: Asklepios Rhön-Klinikum
Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt: “The catchment areas of the vast majority of the hospital locations of Asklepios and Rhön do not overlap geographically. The two companies are only in competition with each other in the provision of acute in-patient hospital services in the Gießen/Marburg region where Rhön operates Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg as the only privately run university clinic in Germany.
"Asklepios is also active in this region with several hospitals. However, the planned acquisition did not raise any serious competition concerns as the parties’ hospital locations are not close competitors, neither geographically nor functionally.”
Since 2012 the Bundeskartellamt has examined several acquisitions of shares in Rhön by Asklepios. Over the last few years Rhön has sold a large number of hospital locations. In 2017 the Bundeskartellamt already cleared Asklepios’ acquisition of a 25% participation in Rhön. ■