Telecom & Mergers

Mergers

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation concerning a merger in the mobile telecommunications market (Hutchison / Telefónica UK)
European Commission - DG COMP
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Hutchison’s proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK* The European Commission will investigate in-depth Hutchison’s takeover of Telefónica UK. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation to assess (...)

The French Competition Authority clears an acquisition in the overseas’s mobile telecom market (Iliad / Hiridjee)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of joint control of Outremer Telecom’s mobile activities by Iliad alongside Hiridjee* The Autorité de la concurrence has reviewed the acquisition by Iliad of 50% of the capital of the company Telecom Reunion Mayotte, which will henceforth be (...)

The French Competition Authority opens ex officio proceedings to review whether a internet provider has respected its merger remedies (SFR / Bouygues Telecom)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
SFR/Bouygues Telecom agreement to deploy fibre in very densely populated areas* Following a complaint made by Bouygues Telecom, the Autorité de la concurrence has opened ex officio proceedings to review the conditions under which Numericable complies with its commitments made in relation to the (...)

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation regarding a takeover in the mobile phone retail market (Liberty Global / BASE)
European Commission - DG COMP
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of BASE Belgium by Liberty Global* The European Commission will investigate in-depth the Liberty Global/BASE Belgium takeover. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation (...)

The Chinese MOFCOM fines several undertakings for breaches of merger notification rules (FJEI / FPID / Nanjing Puzhen / Bombardier Sweden / BestTv / Microsoft)
AnJie Law (Beijing)
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AnJie Law (Beijing)
Warning from MOFCOM: Second Wave of Penalties Imposed for Breaches of Concentration Notification Rules* On September 29th 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of the P.R.C (“MOFCOM”) published four administrative decisions on penalties for illegal activities involved in the concentration of (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger beetwen two mobile network equipment manufacturers (Nokia / Alcatel-Lucent)
European Commission - DG COMP
Commission approves Nokia´s acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent* The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia. Both companies are global providers of telecommunications equipment and related services. The Commission concluded (...)

The French Competition Authority approves the sale of an oversea telecom company, a mandatory condition to clear a merger in the market of mobile telephony (SFR / Numéricable)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Acquisition of SFR by Numericable: France’s Competition authority and ARCEP approve the sale to the firm Hiridjee of the Outremer Telecom mobile operations that Numericable agreed to divest in La Réunion and Mayotte* On 30 October 2014, the Autorité de la concurrence approved the sale of SFR to (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority lifts four-year old merger conditions from the conditional approval of an acquisition (Proximus / The Phone House)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 8 June 2015, the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) lifted four-year old merger conditions from the BCA’s conditional approval of the acquisition by telecommunications operator Proximus (formerly Belgacom) of telecommunications retailer The Phone House. In 2011, the BCA’s predecessor agency, (...)

The UK Competition and Markets Authority accepts to proceed with a fast track reference of the merger to phase 2 concerning a merger involving the largest suppliers of fixed communications services and mobile communications services (BT / EE)
UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (London)
BT/EE merger fast-tracked to phase 2 investigation* The CMA has today referred BT Group plc’s anticipated acquisition of EE Limited for an in-depth phase 2 investigation. BT and EE are, respectively, the largest suppliers of fixed communications services and mobile communications services in (...)

The EU Commission approves an acquisition in the telecommunications sector after a lengthy Phase II investigation and subject to extensive commitments (Orange / Jazztel)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 19 May 2015, the European Commission conditionally approved the acquisition of Jazztel by rival telecommunications provider Orange. The approval, after a lengthy Phase II investigation including a Statement of Objections issued in February, is subject to extensive commitments to facilitate a (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the retail markets involving fixed internet access services (Orange / Jazztel)
European Commission - DG COMP
Commission clears acquisition of Jazztel by Orange, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Jazztel plc, a telecommunications company registered in the UK but mainly active in Spain, by rival Orange SA of France. (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority clears the acquisition of the first national pay-tv provider by a direct competitor (Telefónica / DTS)
Linklaters (Madrid)
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Linklaters (Madrid)
1 Introduction On 22 April 2015, seven months after it was notified of the incumbent telecoms operator Telefónica’s acquisition of sole control of Distribuidora de Televisión Digital, S.A. (“DTS”), the National Markets and Competition Authority (“CNMC”) cleared the deal subject to commitments . (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the telephone and data communications services markets (Elisa Oyj / Anvia Oyj)
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA)
The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) gives conditional acceptance of acquisition of Anvia by Elisa* The FCCA has today accepted conditionally the transaction whereby Elisa Oyj will gain control over Anvia Oyj. The conditions relate to broadband services on a landline network (...)

The Italian Competition Authority opens Phase II proceedings on hostile takeover bid over 100% (EI Towers / Rai Way)
Bonelli Erede (Rome)
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Bonelli Erede (Rome)
In its decision of 10 March 2015, the Italian Competition Authority (the “ICA” or the “Authority”) decided to open Phase II proceedings in relation to the merger notified on 25 February consisting of EI Towers S.p.A.’s (“EI Towers”) hostile takeover bid over 100% of Rai Way S.p.A.’s (“Rai Way” (...)

The French Competition Authority opens ex officio proceedings to review the conditions under which a phone carrier complies with commitments (SFR / Numéricable)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Acquisition of SFR by Numericable.* The Autorité de la concurrence opens ex officio proceedings to review the conditions under which Numericable complies with its commitment to divest Outremer Telecom’s mobile telephony activities in La Réunion and Mayotte. On 30 October 2014, the Autorité de la (...)

The French Competition Authority clears, subject to remedies, a merger in the mobile virtual networks market (Virgin Mobile / Numericable)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence clears Virgin Mobile’s acquisition by Numericable* The Autorité de la concurrence has cleared the acquisition of Omer Telecom Limited (“OTL”) by Numericable. OTL is a virtual mobile phone operator operating under the Virgin Mobile brand. This decision takes place (...)

The Ukranian Antimonopoly Committee intends to reconsider its decision granting merger clearance on the telecommunication technologies market (Kyivstar)
Arzinger & Partner (Kiev)
Antitrust authority of Ukraine intends to reconsider its decision granting merger clearance on the telecommunication technologies market of Ukraine* In early November 2014 the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine made a statement, announcing that it was going to reconsider its position on the (...)

The French Competition Authority clears, subject to remedies, an acquisition in the high-speed broadband access market (SFR / Numéricable)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence gives conditional clearance to the acquisition of SFR by Numericable, an Altice subsidiary. * Among the commitments discussed and negotiated with the Autorité de la concurrence, Numericable commits to give competitors (internet service providers, MVNO) access to (...)

The EU Commission approves without commitments an acquisition in the recent information technology sector (Facebook / WhatsApp)
Squire Patton Boggs (Brussels)
EU Commission approves Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp* On 3 October 2014, the European Commission of the European Union (the “Commission”) approved the acquisition without any commitments. After the approval of the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft in 2011 and of the acquisition of Nokia by (...)

The EU Commission unconditionally approves in first phase an acquisition in the digital sector (Facebook / WhatsApp)
European Commission
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European Commission - DG COMP
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European Commission - DG COMP
"What’s Up with Merger Control in the Digital Sector? Lessons from the Facebook/WhatsApp EU merger case"* The Facebook/WhatsApp decision provides an insight into how the Commission tackles novel issues in the application of merger control rules to the digital sector, in particular to free (...)

The EU Commission unconditionally clears an acquisition in the social media sector (Facebook / WhatsApp)
Clifford Chance (Madrid)
Background information On 3 October 2014 the European Commission ("Commission") unconditionally clears in first phase the €14 billion acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook (the “Transaction”). The Transaction was already conditionally authorized in April 2014 by the US Federal Trade Commission (...)

The Canadian Competition Bureau continues to watch over the telecommunication market (Eastlink / Bruce Telecom)
Stikeman Elliott (Ottawa)
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Stikeman Elliott (Ottawa)
Eastlink and Bruce Telecom abandon $26.5M merger amid Competition Bureau concerns* On August 15, 2014, the Competition Bureau (the Bureau) announced that Bragg Communications Inc. (Eastlink) and Bruce Telecom had terminated an announced merger, which would have resulted in the acquisition of (...)

The French Competition Authority opens in-depth investigation on an acquisition in the telecom market (Altice Group / SFR)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence has decided to open an in-depth investigation into the acquisition of SFR by the Altice Group* On 4 June 2014, the Numericable Group, a subsidiary of the Altice Group, filed a merger notification to the Autorité de la Concurrence relating to its plan to acquire SFR (...)

The Cypriot Commission for the Protection of Competition receives notification of a merger on the telecommunication market (GO / Cablenet Communication Systems)
Commission for the Protection of Competition of the Republic of Cyprus
Press Release published on the official website of the Cypriot Commission for the Protection of Competition. Notification concerning the acquisition of share capital of Cablenet Communication Systems Ltd by GO Plc.* The Service of the Commission for the Protection of Competition received, (...)

The Italian Administrative Court of first instance orders the recommencement of the awarding of a public selection procedure for a breach of disclosure duty in the telecommunications sector (Telecom Italia, Fastweb, Vitrociset, Consip)
University of London - School of Economics Birkbeck College
On the 13th of May 2014, the Italian Administrative Court of first instance (the “Court”) held a judgment against a Joint-venture that is formed between Fastweb S.p.A. (“Fastweb”) and Vitrociset S.p.A. (“Vitrociset”) for a breach of disclosure duties relating to technical specifications. (...)

The Netherlands Competition Authority finds that the proposed acquisition may lead to restrictions for other companies on the use of the fiber-optic cable network (KPN / Reggefiber)
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
Further investigation needed into planned acquisition of Reggefiber by KPN* The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) will launch a more detailed investigation into the planned acquisition of Dutch fiber-optic company Reggefiber by Dutch telecom provider KPN. In 2008, ACM (...)

The Cypriot Commission for the Protection of Competition receives notification of a merger in the telecommunication sector (Rocket Internet Germany / MTN Dubai)
Commission for the Protection of Competition of the Republic of Cyprus
Notification of concentration regarding the acquisition of share capital of Middle East Internet Holding S.a.r.l. by MTN (Dubai) Ltd* The Service of the Commission for the Protection of Competition received on behalf of Rocket Internet GmbH and MTN (Dubai) Ltd notification of a proposed (...)

The Cypriot Commission for the Protection of Competition receives notification of an international acquisition in the telecom sector (Africa Internet / Millicom)
Commission for the Protection of Competition of the Republic of Cyprus
Notification of a concentration concerning the joint acquisition of the share capital of Africa Internet Holding GmbH by Mobile Telephone Networks Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Millicom International Cellular S.A. and Rocket Internet Holding GmbH* The Commission for the Protection of Competition (...)

The French Competition Authority clears an acquisition of sole control in the telecommunications sector (SFR / Numéricable)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of Numéricâble by Altice, its minority shareholder* The Autorité de la concurrence has cleared the acquisition of the Numéricâble group, a cable network (...)

The EU General Court confirms that the merged parties are not dominant in the internet visual communications market and rejects interoperability issues raised by appellants (Microsoft / Skype)
Ashurst (Milan)
EU Court upholds the Commission’s decision on the Microsoft/Skype deal* On 11 December 2013 the EU’s General Court (the “Court”) handed down its ruling concerning Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype. The Court held that the Commission rightly considered that the transaction does not restrict (...)

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission does not oppose a proposed acquisition in the market for the supply of fixed line broadband services (TransACT Capital Communications / NBN)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
ACCC to not oppose NBN Co’s proposed acquisition of TransACT’s fibre to the premises network* The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose the proposed acquisition of TransACT Capital Communications Pty Ltd’s (TransACT) fibre to the premises network (TransACT FTTP network) (...)

The New Zealand Commerce Commission receives an application seeking clearance to acquire the management rights to 700 MHz radio spectrum (Vodafone)
New Zealand Commerce Commission
Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Vodafone seeks clearance to acquire radio spectrum* The Commerce Commission has received an application from Vodafone New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire the management rights to 700 MHz radio spectrum. The Crown is (...)

The UK OFT clears acquisition in the broadcasting sector (BT / ESPN)
DLA Piper
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has cleared British Telecoms plc’s (BT) proposed acquisition of ESPN Global Ltd (ESPN), despite finding that the failing firm defence was not fulfilled. Factual Background ESPN was a wholly owned subsidiary of the US based television sports broadcaster ESPN (...)

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority decides to investigate the market impact of an acquisition on the pay-TV market (DNA & Plus TV)
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA)
FCCA to investigate the market impact of deal between DNA and PlusTV* The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) decided on 24 June 2013 to initiate further proceedings concerning an acquisition that will give DNA Oy a controlling interest in Digi TV Plus Oy. Both parties of the (...)

The Brazilian CADE analyzes two international mergers with intense cooperation with EU DG-Competition indicating a new approach for international merger review in Brazil (Mach/Syniverse, Munksjö/Ahlstrom)
Brasilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) (Brasilia)
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Vinicius Marques de Carvalho Advogados (VMCA) (Sao Paulo)
CADE has recently analyzed two international mergers with intense cooperation with DG-Competition. In fact, these two cases reflect the advances brought by new Competition Law. In the previous law, CADE would only analyze cases after their approval by other jurisdictions. With the institution (...)

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority approves acquisition but attached conditions (Elisa & PPO)
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA)
FCCA approved deal between Elisa and PPO but attached conditions* The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) decided on 24 April 2013 to approve the deal in which Elisa Corporation acquires control of the companies PPO-Yhtiöt Oy, Kymen Puhelin Oy and Telekarelia Oy. However, the FCCA (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority is due to announce its decision on a prospective merger in the telecommunications sector (Zon Multimédia/Optimus)
Luís Silva Morais & Associados
The Portuguese Competition Authority ("Autoridade da Concorrência", hereinafter ’ADC’) is due to decide on a prospective merger announced on 14 December 2012 by a joint communiqué issued by Sonaecom SGPS, SA ("Sonaecom") and by Kento Holding Limited and Jadeium BV ("Kento / Jadeium") as the main (...)

The EU Commission adopts a decision declaring a merger compatible with the internal market and the functioning of the EEA (Hutchison 3G Austria / Orange Austria)
RBB Economics (Brussels)
H3G/Orange Austria – Commission starts using UPP* On 24 July, the Commission published the non-confidential version of the decision in the Hutchison 3G Austria/Orange Austria case. The case, cleared subject to commitments following a Phase II investigation, represents a significant development (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority grants a permit to telecom operator for the acquisition of four fiber-optic providers (KPN / Concepts ICT / Edutel / XMS / KickXL)
Stibbe (Amsterdam)
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Stibbe
Introduction On 16 October 2012, the Netherlands Competition Authority ("NMa") granted a permit for a proposed concentration between KPN B.V. ("KPN") and Concepts ICT Holding B.V. ("Concepts"), Edutel Beheer B.V. ("Edutel"), Xtra Media Services B.V. ("Xtra") and KickXL B.V. ("KickXL"). (...)

The Chinese MOFCOM enforces telecoms regulations in anti-monopoly law merger review (Wal-Mart / Yihaodian)
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
The notification for the Wal-Mart/Yihaodian transaction was submitted to China’s Ministry of Commerce on 16 December 2011. It was ultimately accepted on 16 February 2012 by MOFCOM after supplementation. At the expiration of the Phase III, or extended Phase II, period, on 13 August 2012, MOFCOM (...)

The European Commission clears a merger between two Austrian mobile networks operators subject to remedies (Hutchison 3G / Orange Austria)
CRA International (London)
The long-standing discussion about how competition in telecom markets should be best managed (that is, through a mix of traditional regulatory mechanisms – like access price regulation – and ex-post competition policy) has recently drawn new life from the debate about the need to provide the (...)

The Chinese MOFCOM again uniquely imposes AML conditions on a transaction in the smartphone sector (Google / Motorola Mobility)
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
The notification for Google‘s acquisition of Motorola Mobility was submitted to China’s Ministry of Commerce on 30 September 2011. It was ultimately accepted on 21 November 2011 by MOFCOM after supplementation. At the expiration of the Phase III, or extended Phase II, period, on 19 May 2012, (...)

The Belgian Competition Council fines a telecommunications company € 75,000 for providing incomplete response to questionnaire in merger case (Belgacom)
Van Bael & Bellis
On 5 April 2012, the Competition Council imposed a fine of € 75,000 on Belgian telecommunications company Belgacom for providing an incomplete response to a request for information in the context of the merger review of Belgacom’s acquisition of The Phone House. During the review of the (...)

The Belgian Competition Council fines a telecommunications company € 75,000 for providing incomplete response to questionnaire in merger case (Belgacom)
Van Bael & Bellis
On 5 April 2012, the Competition Council imposed a fine of € 75,000 on Belgian telecommunications company Belgacom for providing an incomplete response to a request for information in the context of the merger review of Belgacom’s acquisition of The Phone House. During the review of the (...)

The Hungarian Competition Office approves the creation of a joint venture for mobile phone services (MPVI Mobil)
Philip Morris
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Kinstellar (Budapest)
The newly established joint venture company, MPVI, which was approved by the HCO intends to provide mobile radio telephone services on the basis of its right to use a frequency use. The Hungarian mobile telephone market is currently dominated by three key players (Magyar Telekom, Telenor and (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority considers mere coordinated contacts between two companies can consubstantiate a merger (Zon/Ar Telecom concentration)
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados (Porto)
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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados (Porto)
I. Introduction On December 9, 2011, the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) was notified of a concentration under which Zon TV Cabo Portugal (Zon) notified the acquisition of a group of assets, specifically the residential customers of AR Telecom – Acesso e Redes de Telecomunicações (AR (...)

The Polish competition authority fines cable TV operator for providing incorrect information in merger control proceedings (UPC/Aster)
Dentons (Warsaw)
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Dentons (Warsaw)
On January 30, 2012, the Chairperson of the Polish Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (the UOKiK) issued a decision in a case relating to the provision of incorrect information by UPC Polska sp. z o.o. (UPC) in merger control proceedings concerning the acquisition of Aster sp. z (...)

The Belgian Competition Council conditionally clears acquisition by a telecom operator of a specialized retail chain (Belgacom / The Phone House)
Van Bael & Bellis
On 23 December 2011, the Belgian Competition Council conditionally cleared the acquisition by Belgian telecommunications company Belgacom of The Phone House, a telecommunications retail network. Following an in-depth, phase II investigation, the College of Competition Prosecutors (...)

The US DoJ announces challenge to proposed combination of two of the four largest providers of mobile wireless telecommunications services (AT&T/T-Mobile)
Wolters Kluwer (Riverwoods)
AT&T’s Planned Acquisition of T-Mobile Challenged by Justice Department* The U.S. Department of Justice today moved to block AT&T Corporation’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. According to the Justice Department, the proposed acquisition would combine two of the four largest (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the mobile telephony sector (France Télécom / Compagnie Européenne de Téléphonie)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition by France Télécom of sole control of CET (Photo Service and Photo Station chain stores)*. The Autorité de la concurrence has examined France Télécom’s (...)

The Serbian Competition Authority initiates an ex officio investigation concerning potential acquisition of the majority shareholding in the incumbent telecom operator (Telekom Austria, Telekom Srbija)
University of Technology (Tallinn)
On 28 February 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) initiated an ex officio investigation into the (anti)competitive effects of the potential acquisition by Telekom Austria of the majority shareholding (51%) in the Serbian incumbent telecom operator Telekom Srbija. Following the (...)

The European Commission clears a merger in the telecommunications sector leaving open the debate on media plurality in the UK (News Corp/BSkyB)
Max Findlay Associates
Chaos theory* Naturally, we all want change to be orderly. This is particularly true when something goes wrong and someone official has to come in and sort it out. Take, for instance, the heat stabilisers cartel case. Earlier this month, the European Commission revoked the €101m fines it had (...)

The European Commission clears in phase I a merger in video communications industries accepting complex remedies proposed by merging parties (Cisco, Tandberg)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
T-Mobile/Orange and Cisco/Tandberg: Commission accepts complex Phase I remedies* When the Commission’s Remedies Notice was published in 2008, many commentators thought the Notice’s requirements for parties to a concentration to offer an acceptable remedy were too demanding. The concern was that (...)

The Belgian Competition Council grants conditional authorization for an acquisition in the broadband market (Mobistar/KPN Belgium Business)
Leuven University
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
1. Introduction On 25 March 2010, the Belgian Competition Council approved the acquisition of KPN Belgium Business NV, a subsidiary of the Dutch KPN, by Mobistar NV, part of France Télécom. The acquisition concerns on the one hand KPN’s activities on the Belgian wholesale broadband market and on (...)

The EU Commission clears in phase I a merger in the mobile industry accepting complex remedies proposed by merging parties (T-Mobile / Orange)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
T-Mobile/Orange and Cisco/Tandberg: Commission accepts complex Phase I remedies* When the Commission’s Remedies Notice was published in 2008, many commentators thought the Notice’s requirements for parties to a concentration to offer an acceptable remedy were too demanding. The concern was that (...)

The EU Commission conditionally approves joint venture between two UK mobile network operators (T-Mobile, Orange)
European External Action Service
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European Commission - DG COMP
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Of spectrum and Radio Access Networks: the T-Mobile/Orange joint venture in the UK"* I. Introduction On 8 September 2009, France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom, the French and German incumbent telecommunication operators, announced a 50/50 joint venture between their UK subsidiaries, Orange and (...)

The European Commission welcomes the declaration of a telecom operator to take over previous commitment after a merger (Nokia, Bosch, IPCom)
Van Bael & Bellis
Several developments that took place during December 2009 suggest that the issue of standards-setting is one that is currently of renewed interest to the European Commission, and likely to remain that way under the next Commission. On 10 December 2009, the European Commission welcomed the (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority fines infrastructures groups in the logistics and telecoms sectors for not meeting the obligation to notify the acquisition of a service provider of digital terrestrial television and broadcasting transport to television stations (Abertis and Tradia/Teledifusión)
Lonza
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Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira (Madrid)
On January 26, 2010, the Spanish Authority (Comisión Nacional de la Competencia, “CNC”) jointly and severally fined Tradia Telecom, S.A. (“Tradia”) and its parent companies Abertis Telecom, S.A. and Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A. (collectively referred to as “Abertis”) €143,000 for acquiring (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority clears a joint venture for the rollout and management of an optical fiber network subject to behavioural remedies (Reggefiber)
RBB Economics (The Hague)
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RBB Economics (Brussels)
Introduction On 19 December 2008 the Dutch Competition Authority (Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit, hereafter the NMa) authorized a joint venture (JV) by KPN and Reggefiber conditional upon behavioural remedies . The imposed remedies address the focal points of OPTA’s most recent Market (...)

The Polish Competition Authority clears the setting-up of a joint venture by the leading mobile operators taking into account the high costs of building a specific infrastructure (Mobile TV - P4, Polkomtel, PTC and Centertel)
European University Institute (Florence)
The notified concentration In August 2008, the four largest mobile operators in Poland, Polkomtel, PTC, Centertel and P4, notified the UOKiK (the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection) about their intention to set up a new undertaking that would provide wholesale audiovisual (...)

The Polish Competition Authority clears a joint venture of mobile network operators holding nearly 100% of the market (P4, Polkomtel, PTC and Centertel)
WilmerHale (Brussels)
Situation on the market P4, Polkomtel, PTC and PTK-Centertel are mobile network operators holding 99,9% of the market of retail mobile telecommunication services in Poland. They offer their services under the respective brands of Play, Plus, Era and Orange, and decided to create a joint (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority conditionally clears a merger in Phase II in the pay-TV market (TV Cabo/Bragatel, Pluricanal Leiria, Pluricanal Santarém)
Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira (Lisbon)
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Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira (Lisbon)
On 21 November 2008, the Competition Authority decided not to oppose a concentration in the subscription television market subject to conditions and obligations, whereby CATVP - TV Cabo Portugal, S.A. (“TV Cabo”) acquired sole control over three competitors: Bragatel - Companhia de Televisão por (...)

The Belgian Competition Council conditionally clears a merger in the telecommunication sector (Scarlet, Belgacom)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
In a recently published decision of 8 November 2008, the Belgian Competition Council conditionally cleared the acquisition of Scarlet by Belgacom, following a phase II investigation. Belgacom, the incumbent telecommunications operator in Belgium, is active on a number of retail and wholesale (...)

The Macedonian Competition Authority following EC standards clears a merger in the mobile telecommunications sector subject to divestitures (Deutsche Telekom - OTE)
University of Technology (Tallinn)
Summary The Macedonian Competition Authority conditionally cleared the Deutsche Telekom’s acquisition of the controlling interest in OTE accepting structural divestitures (sale of Cosmofon’s operations) and behavioral commitments (continuation of the marketing of Cosmofon’s products and services (...)

The French Minister of economics clears a telecom merger without remedies after investigating possible coordinated effects and elimination of a maverick (Iliad / Liberty Surf)
RBB Economics (London)
Introduction On 23 October 2008 the French Minister of Economy (MoE) cleared the acquisition of Liberty Surf by Iliad without any conditions. Both Iliad and Liberty Surf (hereafter "Surf") are active in the Telecom sector, providing internet and landline telephone access in France. Surf is (...)

The European Commission clears an acquisition in the navigable digital map databases sector (Nokia/NAVTEQ)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Mergers: main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2008"* In July the Commission approved the proposed acquisition of NAVTEQ of the US by Nokia of Finland. NAVTEQ is a provider of navigable digital map databases and Nokia mainly produces mobile telephones. Nokia is the largest (...)

The Belgian Competition Council conditionally clears a merger in phase II between several owners of cable networks for telecommunications services in Wallonia (Tecteo/Brutele - Câble Wallon)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong)
The operation Following a Phase II review, by decision dated 25 April 2008 the Council authorized the two-stage merger resulting in the acquisition of control by Tecteo of certain cable networks in Wallonia. The concentration involved several associations of local authorities transferring (...)

The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines for failure to notify a de facto concentration (Latvijas Mobilais Telefons)
Raidla Lejins & Norcous (Riga)
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Cobalt Legal (Riga)
On 16 April 2008, the Latvian Competition Council (hereinafter the “Competition Council”) adopted two decisions regarding the acquisition of control over ZetCOM, SIA (hereinafter “ZetCOM”) by Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, SIA (hereinafter “LMT”). In the first decision, the Competition Council found (...)

The French Minister of Economy requires commitments to address possible horizontal and conglomerate effects in a merger of a mobile network and pay-TV operator and an Internet service provider (SFR/Neuf Cegetel)
RBB Economics (Brussels)
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RBB Economics
Introduction On 15 April 2008, the French Minister of Economy (hereafter, the Minister) cleared the proposed acquisition by Société Française du Radiotéléphone (SFR) of a majority share of Neuf Cegetel, subject to remedies. The transaction raised conglomerate issues in the markets for broadband (...)

The UK Competition Commission clears a merger in the market for terrestrial broadcast transmission services subject to extensive behavioural undertakings (Macquarie/ National Grid Wireless)
NERA
The operation On 11 March 2008, the Competition Commission cleared the merger between Macquarie UK Broadcast Ventures Limited (MUKBV) and National Grid Wireless Group (NGW), subject to an extensive set of behavioural remedies. The acquisition was completed on 3 April 2007. MUKBV is the owner (...)

The French Minister of Economics clears a merger in the sector of mobile telephony products and services, including divestiture and behavioural commitments (France Telecom/Compagnie Européenne de Télévision)
University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
The operation By a letter dated 4 January 2008, the French Minister of Economy, Finance, and Employment authorised a merger between two compagnies specialised in photography and mobile telephony products and services : France Telecom SA and Compagnie Européenne de Téléphonie SA (para. 1.1) (...)

The European Commission clears an acquisition in the wireless telecommunications industry (Syniverse/BSG)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Mergers: Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2007"* In December the Commission decided to clear the acquisition by the US technology group Syniverse of the BSG Group’s wireless business, providing data and financial clearing services to wireless telecommunication companies (...)

The Czech NCA clears a merger in the IT services sector with remedies, including the transfer of a public contract to a third independent party (Telefónica/Deltax)
Clifford Chance (Prague)
The operation Telefónica O2 Czech Republic a.s. ("Telefonica") acquired a 100 % share in DELTAX, Systems a.s. ("Deltax"), a company specialized in software and IT solutions. The market(s) The relevant market was defined as the market of IT services. Since the merging parties would have the (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority clears a merger in the programme producing and broadcasting markets with remedies including non-discrimination provisions (Chellomedia CEE Holdco/Filmmúzeum)
lakatos, koves and partners
The operation Chellomedia is owned and controlled by Liberty Global Inc. ("Liberty group") and provides media services worldwide. Filmmúzeum Zrt. broadcasts the channel Filmmúzeum, which is a Hungarian language channel broadcasting films and operated exclusively in Hungary. With the acquisition (...)

The European Commission refers the examination of a proposed acquisition in the satellite communications services to the UK OFT (Apax Partners /Telenor Satellite)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2007"* In May the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) formally requested the Commission, pursuant to Article 22 of the Merger Regulation, to examine the proposed acquisition of Norwegian Telenor Satellite Services, a company providing (...)

The Latvian Competition Council conditionally clears a merger in the telecommunications sector (Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA/ZetCOM SIA)
Raidla Lejins & Norcous (Riga)
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Cobalt Legal (Riga)
The operation On 26 January 2007 the Latvian Competition Council received a merger notification from Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA (“LMT”) and ZetCOM SIA (“ZetCOM”). According to the above agreement LMT acquires 100% shares of ZetCOM. (Section 2) The market(s) The relevant product market was (...)

The European Commission conditionally clears a merger in the fixed and mobile telephony markets (Tele 2 France/SFR)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2007"* In July the Commission approved the purchase of the fixed telephony and Internet access businesses of Tele 2 France by the French mobile telephony operator SFR. As originally notified, the planned operation raised serious (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority clears a merger in the audiovisual sector subject to non-discrimination remedies (LGI Ventures/Audiotec Médiaszolgáltató)
lakatos, koves and partners
The operation LGI is owned and controlled by Liberty Global Inc. ("Liberty group") and provides media services worldwide. The Audiotec Zrt. is one of the members of the Audiotec group, which develops television channels for children and for the youth, introduces them to the public and also (...)

A Dutch Court upholds the decision of the Dutch Competition Authority and confirms the remedies proposed by the telecommunciation incumbent in the transmission of wireless radio signals sector in order to remedy vertical effects (KPN - Broadcast - Vodafone - UPC - Orange/NMa)
Philips (Amsterdam)
On 11 June 2007 the Dutch Court upheld the decision of the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) in relation to KPN’s acquisition of the network transmission service company Nozema. The Court concluded that the NMa’s decision not to initiate a Phase 2 investigation was well founded. In December 2005 (...)

The Hungarian Competition Office clears without condition a merger in the telecommunications sector (HTTC / Matel)
Oppenheim
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Oppenheim - Budapest
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Oppenheim
Hungarian Telephone and Cable Corporation (together with its subsidiaries, HTCC) completed its acquisition of Invitel Távközlési Szolgáltató Zrt. (Transaction) on 27 April 2007 pursuant to the terms of a Sale and Purchase Agreement, dated as of 8 January 2007, between HTCC and Invitel Holdings N.V. (...)

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority clears in phase II a merger in the Austrian telecommunications sector subject to conditions, including the divestiture of infrastructure, additional wholesale offers and price reductions (Telekom Austria/eTel Austria)
NERA (Berlin)
The operation Telekom Austria AG is the incumbent telecommunications provider in Austria. eTel Austria (eTel) is a full range telecommunication services provider with a focus on business customers and fixed line services. The proposed acquisition of eTel by Telekom Austria was notified to the (...)

The European Commission, after an in-depth investigation, unconditionally approves a merger in the satellite equipment manufacturing industry (Thales/Meccanica/AAS/Telespazio)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger control: Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2007"* Following an in-depth investigation the Commission decided on 4 April to grant an unconditional clearance to the proposed acquisition by Thales of France of Alcatel‘s shareholdings in the Alcatel Alenia Space (AAS) of (...)

The US DOJ conditions the approval of a merger upon the divestiture of several fibers carrying local private telephone calls between buildings, a majority of which are owned or controlled by the merging telecommunications firms in 19 metropolitan areas (SBC / AT&T)
Jackson Walker (Dallas)
Editor’s Note: This article was written before the DOJ issued its Competitive Impact Statement on November 16, 2005 and before the FCC issued its Memorandum Opinion and Order on November 17, 2005. This article is based on the FCC’s press release of its decision to approve the mergers, the (...)

The US DOJ requires a partial divestiture of local private telephone fibers in 19 cities before clearing a merger between a popular incumbent local exchange carrier and a prominent long-distance carrier in the telecommunications industry (Verizon / MCI)
Jackson Walker (Dallas)
Editor’s Note: This article was written before the DOJ issued its Competitive Impact Statement on November 16, 2005 and before the FCC issued its Memorandum Opinion and Order on November 17, 2005. This article is based on the FCC’s press release of its decision to approve the mergers, the (...)

The Austrian Cartel Court clears in phase II the acquisition of alternative telecoms operator by incumbent while accepting infrastructure and wholesale remedies (eTel/Telekom Austria)
Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte
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Bpv Hügel (Vienna)
On 12 April 2007, the Austrian Cartel Court cleared the acquisition of alternative telecoms operator eTel by Austrian incumbent Telekom Austria (TA), subject to remedies entered into by TA. TA is the Austrian telecoms incumbent and is the strongest player on the various Austrian markets for (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the market for telecommunication and media subject to remedies related to fixed and mobile networks activities and to media and contents activities (Sonaecom/PT merger)
PLMJ (Lisboa)
The operation The operation consisted in a merger resulting from a takeover bid launched by SONAECOM, SGPS, S.A. (Sonaecom) over PORTUGAL TELECOM, SGPS, S.A. (PT). Sonaecom is a sub-holding of the SONAE group and operating in the telecommunication, Internet and media areas, especially in the (...)

The European Commission clears a merger in the telecommunications network equipment sector (Nokia/Siemens)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Mergers — Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2006"* On 13 November, after an intensive Phase I investigation, the Commission gave its unconditional go-ahead to the proposed merger between the Finnish company Nokia and the network equipment business of the German company (...)

The Belgian Competition Council rules on the extent of veto rights necessary and sufficient for a minority shareholder to exert joint control over a JV within the meaning of merger control (Belgacom - Vodafone Belgium - Belgacom Mobile)
Loyens & Loeff (Bruxelles)
In its Belgacom - Vodafone Belgium - Belgacom Mobile merger decision, the Belgian Competition Council cleared in phase I the increase of Belgacom’s stake in Belgacom Mobile from 75% to 100%, through the acquisition of Vodafone Belgium’s 25% stake. The decision is interesting for two reasons. It (...)

The French Minister of Economics clears a merger in the telecommunications sector with remedies, including granting of access to infrastructure (Neuf Telecom/Cegetel)
University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
The operation By a letter dated 12 August 2005, the French Minister of Economy, Finance, and Employment gave conditional clearance to the horizontal merger between the electronic communication groups, Neuf Telecom and Cegetel. Neuf Telecom and Cegetel both developed an important (...)

The European Commission authorizes subject to remedies a merger between two Austrian mobile networks providers applying the new test introduced by the EC Merger Regulation to an undertaking which would not become the market leader after the transaction (T-Mobile Austria/tele.ring)
European Commission - DG COMP
"T-Mobile Austria/tele.ring: Remedying the loss of a maverick"* On 26 April 2006, the Commission authorised the acquisition of sole control by T-Mobile, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, of the Austrian mobile phone operator tele.ring, leading to a combination of two Austrian mobile network (...)

The Italian Competition Authority clears a merger in the media and telecommunications sectors subject to behavioural remedies, including granting of non discriminatory access to the broadcasting network (Reti Televisive Italiane/Ramo Di Azienda di Europa TV)
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Chiomenti (Rome)
The operation On 10 April 2006 the Competition Authority cleared with conditions the acquisition of some assets of the broadcasting network Europa TV S.p.A. (Europa TV), owned by Holland Coordinator & Service Company Italia S.p.A. (71%) and TF1 SA (29%), by R.T.I. Reti Televisive Italiane (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority clears a merger in the co-location services sector subject to remedies including separate operation, non-discrimination provisions and access obligations (Dataplex)
lakatos, koves and partners
The operation Dataplex is the most significant provider (with possessing approximately 50 per cent of the shares of the free area capacity) of the infocommunication outsourcing services (such as setting up the infrastructure, data storage services, ensuring the continuous course of business (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority clears a merger in the transmission of radio- television- and datasignals sector subject to divestment (KPN - Nozema Services)
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
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Eversheds Sutherland (Amsterdam)
The operation KPN offers telecommunication services and is active on the market of the sale of digital television to end consumers. Nozema is active on the market of the transmission of radio- television- and datasignals and related services. KPN proposed to acquire 100% of the shares in (...)

The European Commission conditionally approves a merger in the telecommunications sector (O2/Telefonica)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2006"* On 10 January the Commission cleared the proposed acquisition of UK telecommunications company O2 by the Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica. Telefonica and O2 are both telecommunication network operators. While (...)

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority clears the partial acquisition of a broadcasting transmission company by a media company, subject to behavioural commitments not to act as a broadcaster and to operate the Electronic Programme Guide on a non-discriminatory basis (Medicur/ORS)
Université de Genève
The operation ORS is a terrestrial broadcasting transmission company and was at the time of the merger the only aspirant to the only Austrian multiplex license for digital broadcasting. Medicur is active in various media markets including daily newspapers, magazines, and outdoor advertising. (...)

The Irish Competition Authority clears a merger in the telecommunications sector subject to remedies, including adoption of an accounting strategy aimed at preventing risks of cross subsidisation (Eircom/Meteor)
London School of Economics
The mobile telecommunications market in Ireland has been consistently dominated by two key players, Eircom and Vodafone with Meteor, a third operator, featuring in a distant third position. However, despite Eircom’s overall superior position on the mobile telecommunications market, it lags (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Council clears a concentration in the wholesale and retail markets for broadband services with structural and behavioural remedies (Elion/MicroLink)
Vodafone (Istanbul)
The operation By a decision dated 27 October 2005, the Lithuanian Competition Council authorized in phase II the acquisition by Elion Ettevotted AS (« Elion ») of 100 % shares of MicroLink AS (« MicroLink ») The market(s) The relevant markets have been defined by the Council as the wholesale and (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority clears a merger in the telecommunication services market with remedies including divestment, commitments to grant access to infrastructure and hold separate commitments (Elisa/Saunalahti)
Grant Thornton (Helsinki)
The operation On 25 October 2005 the Finnish Competition Authority (Kilpailuvirasto) cleared, in a Phase II decision, a merger in the Finnish telecommunications market, in which Elisa Oyj acquired a controlling stake in Saunalahti Group Oyj. The market(s) The relevant markets in which (...)

The Estonian Competition Authority clears a merger in phase II in the markets of wholesale broadband access and retail broadband access with divestiture remedies (Elion/MicroLink)
General Electric (Brussels)
The operation By a decision dated 21 October 2005, the ECA authorised in phase II the acquisition by Estonian company Elion (an indirect subsidiary of Swedish-Finnish telecommunications company TeliaSonera) of Estonian ICT company MicroLink (para. 1). The market(s) The relevant markets were (...)

The Latvian Competition Council clears a merger in the markets for data transmission services and Internet access services subject to divestiture remedies (Lattelecom/Microlink Latvia)
Raidla Lejins & Norcous (Riga)
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Cobalt Legal (Riga)
The operation On 30 May 2005 the Latvian Competition Council received from Lattelecom SIA a merger notification. In the merger notification Lattelecom SIA informed the Competition Council that on 16 May 2005 a Future Purchase Agreement was signed between Estonian company Elion Ettevotted AS, (...)

The Latvian Competition Council clears a merger in the market of provision of cable TV services subject to remedies, including not to apply its selective pricing system in certain conditions (Baltkom)
Raidla Lejins & Norcous (Riga)
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Cobalt Legal (Riga)
The operation On 23 May 2005 the Latvian Competition Council received a merger notification from Baltkom TV SIA (Baltkom), where Baltkom informs the Competition Council of its intention to acquire certain assets - the electronic communications network (cable TV network) in Riga city (...)

The Austrian Cartel Court clears an acquisition in the market for emergency call and communication systems, conditional on a management buy-out remedy as well as various other commitments attached to the buy-out (Bridgepoint/Tunstall)
Université de Genève
The operation On 16 September 2005, the Austrian Cartel Court (OLG), following a referral from the Austrian Federal Competition Authority (BWB), cleared the acquisition of Tunstall Holding Limited (UK) by Bridgepoint Capital Group Limited (UK). Bridgepoint is the owner of Attendo AB, (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority clears a merger in the GSM market subject to remedies, including limitation of the duration of the non-compete and confidentiality clauses (Alfa Telecom Turkey - Cukurova)
Esin
The operation Prior to the transaction, Cukurova Telecom Holding Ltd. (“Cukurova Telecom”), the joint venture company, was under the sole control of Cukurova Holding. Upon completion of the transaction, Cukurova Telecom has become a joint venture whose parent companies are being Alfa and (...)

The EU Commission conditionally clears the creation of two joint ventures resulting from French electronics company merging its space activities with Italian Defence and engineering company (Alcatel / Finmeccanica)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January to 30 April 2005"* The European Commission cleared the creation of two joint ventures resulting from the French electronics company Alcatel merging its space activities with those of Alenia Spazio and Telespazio, part of the Italian Defence and (...)

The Norwegian Competition Authority accepts a merger in the broadband telecommunications sector, subject to the divestment of a business unit (Telenor / Tiscali)
Ernst & Young
The operation Telenor Telecom Solutions AS (Telenor) acquired the entire share capital of in Tiscali AS on 23 August 2004. Telenor Telecom Solutions AS and Tiscali AS provide broadband services in Norway. The market(s) concerned by remedy(ies) The relevant markets defined by the Norwegian (...)

The European Commission refers to the German competition authority the examination of a concentration in the cable networks industry (Ish/Iesy)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Mergers — Main developments between 1 January to 30 April 2005"* In February, the European Commission referred, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Merger Regulation, the examination of the proposed acquisition of the North Rhine-Westphalian network cable operator ‘Ish’ by the Hessian cable operator (...)

The Brazilian Antitrust Authority annnounces a new interpretation of the Brazilian merger notification threshold reducing foreign merger filings (ADC Telecommunications / Krone International)
Hughes Hubbard & Reed (Washington)
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Stanford University
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Brazilian merger notification requirements, traditionally a major hurdle for multinational mergers, have just become less burdensome. In an unexpected development last Wednesday, the Brazilian antitrust authority (“CADE”) announced a new interpretation of the Brazilian merger notification (...)

The Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition clears a merger in the payphones market subject to divestiture commitments (Bulgarian Telecommunications Company/Radio Telecommunications Company/Bulfon)
Boyanov & Co.
The operation The notified operation consists of the acquisition of a 49% controlling stake by Bulgarian Telecommunications Company AD, in Radio Telecommunications Company OOD, with an option to acquire additional 12% from another shareholder, as well as the acquisition of 66% of the capital (...)

The European Commission refers the examination to the German competition authority of a proposed acquisition in the cable networks industry (Kabel Deutschland/Ish)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2004"* In June the Commission decided to refer the examination of the intended acquisition of ish GmbH & Co. KG and ish KS NRW GmbH & Co. KG (both together: ‘ish‘), by Kabel Deutschland GmbH (KDG), the operator of the North (...)

The Bulgarian competition authority clears the acquisition of the incumbent fixed telecom operator subject to remedies, including ensuring interconnection with other operators and unbundled access to the local loop (Viva Ventures/Bulgarian Telecommunications Company)
Boyanov & Co.
The operation The notified operation consists of the acquisition of a 65% controlling stake by Viva Ventures Holdings GmbH, a special purpose company established by Advent International, in the incumbent telecoms monopoly in Bulgaria - the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company. Advent (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the audiovisual sector with remedies, including the promotion and availability of a TV channel signal (PPTV/PT Conteudos/Sport TV)
PLMJ (Lisboa)
The operation This operation consisted in the acquisition of joint control over SPORT TV Portugal, S.A. (SPORT TV) which operates the business activity of television and broadcasting, and the acquisition and resale of television broadcasting rights for different sporting events by PPTV - (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Council clears in phase II a merger in the markets of fixed and mobile communications with structural and behavioural remedies (TeliaSonera/Omnitel)
Vodafone (Istanbul)
The operation By a decision dated 11 December 2003, the Lithuanian Competition Council authorized in phase II the acquisition by TeliaSonera AB (« TeliaSonera ») of up to 90 % shares of UAB Omnitel (« Omnitel ») through Amber Mobile Teleholding AB (« Amber Mobile »). The market(s) The relevant (...)

The Czech Competition Office clears a merger in phase II in the sector of telecommunications subject to provide services under non discriminatory terms with regards to other services provider and final consumers (Telecom/Eurotel)
Clifford Chance
The operation On the basis of the share purchase agreement between ÈESKÝ TELECOM, a.s. ("TELECOM"), as a purchaser and ATLANTIC WEST B.V. ("AWBW"), as a seller, TELECOM acquired additional 49% of shares in Eurotel Praha a.s. ("EUROTEL") to the previously held 51 % of shares and became, thus, its (...)

The Italian Competition Authority conditionally clears a merger in the sector of telecommunications (Telecom Italia/Megabeam Italia)
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Chiomenti (Rome)
The operation On 7 August 2003 the Competition Authority approved the acquisition by Telecom Italia S.p.A. (Telecom) of Megabeam Italia S.p.A. (Megabeam), a provider of R-LAN (radio local area network) infrastructures and wi-fi (Wireless Fidelity) services, subject to conditions and (...)

The EU Commission authorizes the acquisition of joint control of a newly created joint venture operating a system for the collection of road tolls from heavy trucks in Germany (DaimlerChrysler / Deutsche Telekom / Toll Collect)
European Commission - DG ECFIN
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European Commission - DG COMP
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European Commission - DG GROW
"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st January 2003 and 30th April 2003"* On 30 April 2003 the European Commission authorised the acquisition of joint control by DaimlerChrysler AG and Deutsche Telekom AG of the newly created joint venture Toll Collect GmbH. Toll Collect will establish (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority clears a merger in the telecommunication services market with remedies, including divestiture and hold separate agreements (Sonera/Telekolmio)
Grant Thornton (Helsinki)
The operation On 3 January 2003 the Finnish Competition Authority cleared, in a Phase II decision, a merger in which the Finnish telecommunications company Sonera Oyj acquired from Hämeen Puhelin Oy a 40% minority holding in Telekolmio Oy, a retailer of telecommunication services including (...)

The Latvian Competition Authority clears a merger in the telecommunications sector with remedies including granting of access to infrastructure (Telia Sonera)
Raidla Lejins & Norcous (Riga)
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Cobalt Legal (Riga)
The operation On 7 June 2002 the Latvian Competition Council received a merger notification form Swedish company Telia Aktiebolag (plc) (Telia), about the merger of Telia and Finish company Sonera Corporation (Sonera). The merger was implemented by way of exchange of shares and resulted in (...)

The European Commission grants the referral requested by the Spanish Competition authorities with regard to the integration of the two satellite digital television platforms operating in Spain (Sogecable/Canalsatélite Digital/Vìa Digital)
European Commission - DG ECFIN
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European Commission - DG COMP
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European Commission - DG GROW
"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The Commission decided to grant the referral requested by the Spanish Competition Authorities with regard to the integration of the two satellite digital television platforms operating in Spain. The operation, which (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Council clears a merger in the fixed, mobile and other related telecommunications markets with a commitment to notify any further structural changes (Telia/Sonera)
Vodafone (Istanbul)
The operation By a decision dated 18 July 2002, the Lithuanian Competition Council authorized in phase II the merger of TELIA AB (« Telia ») and SONERA CORPORATION (« Sonera »). In Lithuania Telia and Sonera controlled indirectly (through Amber Teleholding AB and Amber Mobile Teleholding AB) AB (...)

The European Commission gives the go ahead to the proposed acquisition of Finnish-based telecommunications group by Sweden telecoms firm (Telia/Sonera)
European Commission - DG ECFIN
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European Commission - DG COMP
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European Commission - DG GROW
"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st May 2002 and 31th August 2002"* The European Commission gave the go ahead to the proposed acquisition of Finnish-based telecommunications group Sonera Corp. by Sweden’s Telia AB, another telecoms firm. The Commission feared that the deal—the first (...)

The French Minister clears a merger in the site location and maintenance for wireless communication operators market with remedies including non discriminatory treatment and a remedy offered by the seller (TDF/Bouygtel)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The operation In this operation, France Telecom, through its subsidiary TDF, will acquire the terrestrial broadcasting sites owned by Bouygtel. The market(s) The markets involved are the site location and maintenance for wireless communication operators. Remedy 1: Non discriminatory (...)

The French Competition Council objects to the proposed acquisition of signal transmission towers (Bouygues Télécom / TDF)
RBB Economics (The Hague)
Introduction On 11 April 2002 the French Competition Council (Conseil de la concurrence, hereafter the CC) objected to the acquisition of telecommunication transmission towers and tower sites of Bouygues Télécom (Bouygtel) by Télédiffusion de France (TDF) because the concentration would (...)

The German Competition Authority prohibits planned acquisition of broadband cable networks (Deutsche Telekom / Liberty Media)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Bundeskartellamt prohibits planned Liberty Media/KDG merger* The Bundeskartellamt has prohibited Liberty Media’s planned acquisition of Deutsche Telekom AG’s (KDG) broadband cable networks. The merger would strengthen dominant positions in the supply market for broadcasting signals to final (...)

The German Bundeskartellamt clears a merger in the online travel agency industry (Bild.de / T-Online)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
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European Commission - DG ECFIN
"Internet Joint Ventures and the Quest for Exclusive Content: The T-Online Cases"* Introduction EC and national competition law issues arising from the marketing of ‘premium’ content, such as travel services and sports news, via the Internet were at the centre of several recent competition (...)

The European Commission approves, subject to remedies, a joint acquisition in the markets for transmission capacity and for mobile telephony (Pirelli/Edizione/Olivetti/Telecom Italia)
European Commission - DG COMP
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st September 2001 and 31st December 2001"* The Commission approved the joint acquisition by Pirelli SpAand Edizione Holding SpA of the Olivetti SpA and indirectly of the undertakings controlled by the latter, namely Telecom Italia, which in turn owns (...)

The European Commission starts an in-depth investigation into a planned online travel agency leading the parties to change the structure of their venture and to withdraw the merger (T-Online, TUI and C&N)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
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European Commission - DG ECFIN
"Internet Joint Ventures and the Quest for Exclusive Content: The T-Online Cases"* Introduction EC and national competition law issues arising from the marketing of ‘premium’ content, such as travel services and sports news, via the Internet were at the centre of several recent competition (...)

The European Commission refers to the Italian competition authorities the examination of the impact of a proposed acquisition on the Italian electricity sector (Infostrada/Enel/France Telecom)
European Commission - DG ECFIN
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European Commission - DG COMP
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st January 2001 and 30th April 2001"* The Commission decided to refer to the Italian competition authorities – Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato – the examination of the impact of the proposed acquisition of Infostrada by Enel and France (...)

The Hungarian Competition Office clears a merger in the mobile and wired telecommunications sector subject to a non-discrimination obligation, a remedy cancelled in appeal for lack of precision (Westel 900/Magyar Távközlési)
Clifford Chance
The operation The HCO authorized the acquisition of control of Matáv over the Westel and Westel 900 mobile service operators. Matáv mainly operates in the wired telecommunication sector but through its ownership in the Westel 450 and Westel 900 mobile service operators it is an important player (...)

The European Commission conditionally approves a merger in the mobile telecommunications services (France Telecom/Orange)
Service européen pour l’action extérieure (EEAS)
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* After the Commission had approved Vodafone Airtouch’s acquisition of Germany’s Mannesmann in April, subject to the divestment of Orange, so as to remove competition concerns arising from overlaps in the Belgian and (...)

The European Commission conditionally approves the creation of an Internet portal joint-venture (Vizzavi/Vodafone/Vivendi/Canal Plus)
Service européen pour l’action extérieure (EEAS)
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* Regulatory clearance for the creation of the Vizzavi Internet portal joint venture between Vodafone, Vivendi and Canal+ was made possible after the companies submitted commitments to ensure rival Internet portals (...)

The European Commission prohibits the merger between two US telecommunications companies (MCI WorldCom/Sprint)
Service européen pour l’action extérieure (EEAS)
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The Commission decided to prohibit the merger between US telecommunications firms MCI WorldCom Inc and Sprint Corp as it would have resulted in the creation of a dominant position in the market for top-level (...)

The European Commission conditionally approves the creation of a European aeronautic, space and defence company (EADS)
Service européen pour l’action extérieure (EEAS)
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* The Commission conditionally authorised the proposed creation of EADS, to which German company DaimlerChrysler AG, France’s Lagardère SCA, the French State and the Spanish company Sociedad Estatal de Participationes (...)

The Greek Competition Commission clears a merger in the telecommunications sector subject to non-exclusive appearance of an undertaking name on the internet site (EFG Eurobank, Infoquest, Unifon/Com Quest)
Zepos & Yannopoulos
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Zepos & Yannopoulos
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Zepos & Yannopoulos
The operation The Hellenic Competition Commission approved, by virtue of its decision 129/II/2000 dated 25 April, 2000, the acquisition of joint control of the company “COM QUEST S.A.” by the companies “EFG EUROBANK S.A.”, “INFOQUEST AEVE” and “UNIFON S.A.”. The shareholding structure of the company (...)

The European Commission opens full investigation into the proposed acquisition of a British broadband cable company (Microsoft, Liberty Media/Telewest)
Service européen pour l’action extérieure (EEAS)
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
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European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger Control: main developments between 1st May 2000 and 31st August 2000"* Microsoft notified an operation in February whereby it would have acquired joint control over Telewest, a British broadband cable company, with Liberty Media, a subsidiary of AT&T Corp. The Commission started an (...)

The Hungarian Competition Office clears a merger in the mobile and wired telecommunications sector, subject to non-discrimination and separation of accounts remedies (Deutsche Telekom)
Clifford Chance
The operation The HCO authorized the acquisition of control of Telekom over the MediaOne owing 49-49 per cent of the shares in Westel 450 and Westel 900 mobile service operators. Telekom owns MATÁV possessing the remaining 51-51 per cent of shares of Westel 450 and Westel 900. The market(s) (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Council clears in phase II a merger in the markets of fixed and mobile communications subject to commitment to use wireless network technology for development of fixed telecommunications services in rural areas (Lietuvos telekomas/Comliet)
Vodafone (Istanbul)
The operation By a decision dated 14 December 1999, the Lithuanian Competition Council authorized in phase II the merger between the monopoly fixed communications services provider AB Lietuvos telekomas (« Lietuvos telekomas ») and the third mobile communications services provider UAB Comliet (« (...)

The European Commission clears concentrations notified by satellite owner and operator (Telia/Telenor, Nordic Satellite Distribution)
European Commission - DG COMP
"Nordic Satellite Cases"* During the later part of 1998 and most of 1999 the Commission examined a series of notifications involving agreements relating to satellite transponder capacity in the Nordic region. As well as raising issues in their own right, these cases were of particular interest (...)

The EU Commission approves a joint venture between British and US telecommunications operators after examining possible coordinated effects (British Telecom / AT&T)
European Commission - DG TRADE
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European Commission - DG TRADE
"Mergers: Recent developments and important decisions"* In BT/AT&T the Commission investigated possible coordination effects of the proposed joint venture between British telecom and the US company AT&T. BT is currently the fifth biggest telecommunications operator. Its principal (...)

The EU Commission opens a detailed enquiry into a proposed joint venture between two of the world’s largest telecommunications operators (British Telecom / AT&T)
"Mergers : Recent Developments and Important Decisions"* The Commission decided to open detailed enquiry into a proposed joint venture between British Telecom and the US firm AT&T, two of the world’s largest telecommunications operators. The joint venture will provide a broad range of (...)

The European Commission conditionally clears a merger between two US leading telecommunications companies (Worldcom/MCI)
European Commission - DG TRADE
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"Mergers : Recent Developments and Important Decisions"* In Worldcom/MCI, at the time of its announcement the plan to effect a US$37 billion merger between these two US telecoms companies was the largest merger plan in corporate history. The case was notified to the EU and US competition (...)

The European Commission approves, subject to remedies, a merger between UK and US telecommunications companies (British Telecom/MCI)
European Commission - DG COMP
"Merger : Summary of the most important recent developments"* The second decision under Article 8(2) of the Regulation was taken on 14th May, four months after the launch of a “2nd phase” in depth investigation. The Commission’s initial inquiry gave rise to serious concerns with respect to the (...)

The President of the European Court of First Instance rejects a request for interim measures concerning a proposed concentration in the TV broadcasting sector (Sogecable)
European Commission - DG GROW
"Mergers : Summary of the most important recent developments"* On 12.07.1996 the Judge President of the Court of First Instance (CFI) decided to reject the request from Sogecable for interim measures by declaring the appeal irreceivable. Sogecable had brought action against the Commission (...)

The EU Commission prohibits the creation of a joint venture intended to transmit satellite TV programs to cable TV operators and households receiving satellite TV on their own dish (NSD)
DG REGIO Regional and urban policy
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European Commission - DG HR
"Mergers : summary of the most important recent developments"* On 19 July 1995 the Commission prohibited the NSD joint venture following a five-month investigation of the case. NSD was intended to transmit satellite TV programmes to cable TV operators and households receiving satellite TV on (...)

The EU Commission receives a notification of a concentration to create a joint venture between Nordic TV satellite operators (Torrington / NSK)
EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
"Mergers : Summary of the most important recent developments"* On 23.02.1995, Norsk telecom AS (NT), Telemarkt A/A (TD) and Industrieforvältningen AB Kinnevik (Kinnevik) notified on operation by which they will create a joint venture called Nordic Satellite Distribution (NSD). NSD will be in (...)

Procedures

The UK Ofcom publishes its report on measuring media plurality
University of East Anglia - CCP (Norwich)
Article published on Centre for Competition Policy blog. Ofcom’s Report on Measuring Media Plurality – The Outstanding Questions* On 19 June, Ofcom published its report on the future of the media plurality rules. The process began in October last year, with the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt (...)

Regulations

The US DoJ and FCC conditionally approve a joint venture in the telecommunications sector resolving antitrust concerns (Comcast and NBC Universal)
Wolters Kluwer (Riverwoods)
Comcast/NBC Universal Joint Venture Receives Regulatory Approval* The Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Communications Commission today conditionally approved a joint venture between Comcast Corp. and General Electric Co.’s subsidiary NBC Universal Inc. The joint (...)

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