On October 31 2011 the Ministry of Commerce posted Notice 73 in its website, announcing the clearance of a proposed concentration between Penelope Co Ltd and Savio Macchine Tessili SpA on certain conditions. The ministry’s reasoning and analysis shed light on its approach to the review of concentrations on anti-monopoly grounds.
The notice states that the would-be acquirer, Penelope, was incorporated specifically as a tool for the transaction. Alpha Private Equity Fund V is Penelope’s wholly-owned controlling shareholder – it invests in non-ferrous metal recycling and the production and sale of textile and home textile machinery. Alpha V is the largest shareholder in Uster technologies Co Ltd, holding 27.9% of the equity shares.
Savio, the proposed target, is a manufacturer of textile machinery. It produces electronic yarn clearers for winders, twisters and rotor-spinning frames. Phenanthrene Brothers Co Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Savio.