M/05/029 – Setanta / NASN

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Transaction details

Proposal whereby Setanta Media Holdings Limited (Setanta) would acquire approximately 75 per cent of the issued share capital of NASN Limited (NASN). On the same day, the Authority was notified of the related transaction, whereby it is proposed that Benchmark Europe II, L.P., would acquire approximately 48.25% of NASN Limited from Setanta. It is intended that the second transaction will be completed on the same day as completion of the first transaction. The Authority advised the Minister and the parties that it considers the transactions to be media mergers.

Notification date Decision date
Thursday June 9, 2005 Friday, July 8, 2005
Parties Involved Business activities

Broadcasting of televised sporting events


Produces and operates a specialist television channel dedicated to North American sports

Economic sector Media merger
Media Yes
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Current status: Completed
Preliminary investigation (Phase 1)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details


Media enquiries: MKC Communications: 01 7038600

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