Smurfit Kappa and Westrock merger approved by European Commission

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the merger between Smurfit Kappa Group plc (‘SKG') of Ireland and WestRock Company of the US.

The transaction relates primarily to the paper and packaging sector.

The Commission concluded that the notified transaction would not raise competition concerns, given the companies' limited combined market position resulting from the proposed transaction. The notified transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.