May 11
Juan Jonás
4th May 2021
Competition & State Aid

Commission fines Sigma-Aldrich for providing incorrect information during Merck takeover investigation

The European Commission has fined Sigma-Aldrich for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s investigation of Merck’s acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich. The fine amounts to 7.5 million euros. 

Merck’s plan to acquire Sigma-Aldrich was approved by the Commission in June 2015, subject to the divestiture of certain Sigma-Aldrich assets. Nonetheless, in this divestment process, an innovation project developed for products relating to the divestment business was not properly disclosed to the Commision.

Moreover, information was withheld in responses to particular requests of information which, according to the Commission, were intended to avoid the transfer of the project at issue to the purchaser of the


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