Decision Nº M/07/042 from Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, 2007-08-27

Decision NumberM/07/042
PartiesABN AMRO Mellon Global Securities Services B.V.,Mellon Bank N.A.
StatusPreliminary investigation (Phase 1)
Merger Notification M/07/042 – Mellon/AAMGSS
Section 21 of the Competition Act 2002
Proposed acqui sition by Mellon Bank N.A. of ABN A MRO Mellon Glob al
Securities Services B.V.
Dated 27/08/07
1. On 1 August 2007 the Competition Authority (“the Authority”), in
accordance with section 18(1) of the Competition Act, 2002 (“the Act”)
was notified, on a mandatory basis, of a prop osal whereby Mellon Bank
N.A. (“Mellon”) would acquire 50% of the issued share ca pital of ABN
AMRO Mellon Global Securities Services B.V. (“AAMGSS”) from ABN
AMRO Bank N.V. (“ABN AMRO”).
2. AAMGSS is a non full function joint venture ow ned 50% by Mello n and
50% by ABN AMRO. Post acquisition AAM GSS will come under the sole
control of Mellon and the joint venture w ill terminate.
The Undertakings Involved
3. 0n 31 May 2007 the Authority approved the merger of Mellon Financial
Corporation (“MF C”) with the Bank of New York (“BNY”) to form Bank
of New York Mellon (“BNYM”)
. Mellon, the acquirer, is now a whol ly
owned subsidiary of BNYM. In Ireland BNYM generated an estimated
turnover of approximately €[.] million for the year ending December
4. This turnover was generated t hrough the fund administration and
asset servicing activities of
Mellon trustee Ltd.;
Mellon Fund Administration Ltd.;
Pershing Securities (International Ltd.);
BNY Fund Services (International) Ltd.;
BNY Trust Company (Ireland) Ltd; and,
BNY Alcentra Group Holdings, Inc.
5. AAMGSS, the target, is a provider of global custody and custody
related services to institutional investors worldwide. The target has
offices in Amsterdam, London, Fran kfurt, Luxembourg, Singapore and
Beijing and in the financial year to December 2006, AAMGSS
generated a worldwide turnover of approximately €[.] million of which
For details see M/07/018, BNY/Mellon.
This combined turnover is est imated from the separately reported turnovers of MFC and BNY for the
financial year ending December 2006.
In addition BNYM holds a 19.9% stake in Hamon I nvestment Group Pte Ltd., Singapore which is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Hamon Ireland Ltd.

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