On 19 October 2007, the European Commission (Commission) approved the acquisition of Hilton by the US asset management company, Blackstone. The Commission concluded that the proposed merger will not significantly impede effective competition in the EU, despite overlaps in the hotel sector in Germany, particularly in the cities of Dresden and Mainz. The Commission considered that there is sufficient competition in the hotel market to alleviate the competition concerns. The Commission found a vertical link between Blackstone’s interest in the market for electronic global distribution systems and Hilton’s hotel activities. Nevertheless the Commission concluded that the acquisition of Hilton would not enable Blackstone to create supply problems, or close off competitors on this market either.