7 July 2016
On 6 July, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) approved Mehiläinen Oy’s acquisition of Vire Care Oy.
Mehiläinen and Mainio Vire operate in the Finnish social service market. The FCCA has concluded that the acquisition will have no material, negative effect on competition in the Finnish market, despite the fact that the parties have overlapping business operations.
Mehiläinen Oy provides medical services and health care and social services, such as services for the elderly and disabled people, child welfare services and mental health rehabilitation services.
Vire Care Oyis the parent company of the Mainio Care group and its subsidiary, the Mainio Vire group. Mainio Vire provides care services such as services for the elderly and disabled people, and housing services for people undergoing mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Mainio Vire also offers preventive family services and outpatient and after-care services for the customers of child welfare services.
The overlapping operations of Mehiläinen and Mainio Vire occur in their services for the elderly and disabled people, mental health rehabilitation and child welfare services.
The FCCA has concluded that the acquisition will not impede competition, as several public, private and third-sector actors operate in the field, creating competitive pressure.
The FCCA’s decision includes business secrets of the parties involved. The decision can only be published once all confidential information has been removed, which will take approximately two weeks.
Further information: Research Officer Laura Kauppila, tel. +358 29 505 3335