The French Constitutional Council confirms the NCA’s ability to sanction companies breaching their merger remedies (Canal Plus)

In its decision dated 12 October 2012, the French Constitutional Council (“Conseil constitutionnel”) confirmed the constitutionality of the provisions of the French Commercial Code (“FCC”) relating to (i) the ability of the French Competition Authority to sanction companies having breached their merger remedies and (ii) the rules relating to the composition, deliberation and seizure of the French NCA. BACKGROUND On 30 August 2006, the French Minister of Economy authorised the merger between TPS and Canal Sat, two satellite broadcasting and television service providers in France. This merger clearance was granted to Vivendi and Groupe Canal Plus (the “Parties”) subject to the adoption of 59 commitments, as the operation strengthened Groupe Canal Plus’ dominant position on the French pay-TV

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  • Hewlett Packard (Boulogne-Billancourt)
  • Fieldfisher (Paris)

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Charles Saumon, Clément Hubert, The French Constitutional Council confirms the NCA’s ability to sanction companies breaching their merger remedies (Canal Plus), 12 October 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Media, Art. N° 49222

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