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Antitrust process update for the proposed combination between Essilor and Luxottica
Essilor and Luxottica have jointly filed with the antitrust authorities in three of the five jurisdictions whose approvals are a condition precedent to the closing of the transaction, namely the U.S., Canada and Brazil.
In the U.S. and Canada, the investigation has entered the phase of a secondary request, as expected for such a sizeable deal.
In China, the fourth jurisdiction for which approval is a condition precedent, the proposed transaction is under MOFCOM’s review and notification acceptance is expected shortly.
In Europe, the fifth jurisdiction for which approval is a condition precedent, the two companies are conducting an open and constructive dialogue with the Commission in the context of the pre-notification phase and expect to be able to formally notify the transaction in the coming weeks.
The two companies have already received clearance in Russia and India. In other relevant jurisdictions, the two companies have notified the transaction and are conducting an open and constructive dialogue with the antitrust authorities.
The two companies’ shared objective in cooperation with the relevant authorities is to close the antitrust process around the end of the year.
As announced on January 16, 2017, Essilor and Delfin, the majority shareholder of Luxottica Group, signed an agreement designed to create an integrated global player in the eyewear industry with the combination of Essilor and Luxottica.
About Luxottica Group
Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Its portfolio includes proprietary brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples and Alain Mikli, as well as licensed brands including Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bulgari, Chanel, Coach, Dolce&Gabbana, Ferrari, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., Valentino and Versace. The Group’s global wholesale distribution network covers more than 150 countries and is complemented by an extensive retail network of approximately 8,000 stores, with LensCrafters and Pearle Vision in North America, OPSM and LensCrafters in Asia-Pacific, GMO in Latin America, Salmoiraghi & Viganò in Italy and Sunglass Hut worldwide. In 2016, with more than 80,000 employees, Luxottica posted net sales of over Euro 9 billion. Additional information on the Group is available at www.luxottica.com.
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