The French Competition Authority fines a group and its recently-acquired subsidiaries 80 M € for having coordinated their business strategies and commercial behaviour prior to merger control clearance (Altice)

This article was first published in Concurrences Review N° 2-2017, Art. N° 83875, pp. 231-239 I. Introduction In November 2016, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) fined French-based Altice/Numericable group and its recently-acquired telecom subsidiaries SFR and Virgin Mobile France for having coordinated their business strategies and commercial behaviour prior to merger control clearance in 2014. [1] This decision is, in many respects, a landmark case. For the first time, the FCA adjudicated on a situation where, after due merger control notification of the contemplated transactions, the notifying party and the target companies “jumped the gun” by prematurely coordinating their strategic and commercial behaviour before obtaining FCA clearance. Neither the European Commission nor

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Eric Paroche, Flora Oriot, The French Competition Authority fines a group and its recently-acquired subsidiaries 80 M € for having coordinated their business strategies and commercial behaviour prior to merger control clearance (Altice), 8 November 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2016, Art. N° 83755

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