The UK Competition Authority clears the takeover of a mobile payments company after conducting an in-depth Phase 2 probe (PayPal / iZettle)

Acquisitions of Potential Rivals in Digital/Tech: Valuation Analysis as Key Economic Tool - PayPal/iZettle Antitrust authorities everywhere are increasingly concerned with so-called “killer acquisitions” – cases where an established incumbent buys up a small rival which might have the potential to become a major threat, in order to pre-empt a future challenge. Concerns around “potential competition” are relevant to mergers across all industries, but tend to be talked about most commonly in the tech/digital sector. [1] Multiple commentators, most notably the recent “Furman Review” in the UK, [2] have argued that the scope for “false negatives” in merger review (i.e. clearances which should not have taken place) could be reduced by placing greater focus on the purchase price and underlying

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  • CRA International (London)
  • CRA International (London)
  • CRA International (Boston)

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Oliver Latham, Simon Chisholm, Samuel Lynch, The UK Competition Authority clears the takeover of a mobile payments company after conducting an in-depth Phase 2 probe (PayPal / iZettle), 12 June 2019, e-Competitions June 2019, Art. N° 90806

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