The EU Commission approves without commitments an acquisition in the recent information technology sector (Facebook / WhatsApp)

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 latter in 2013, this was another occasion for the European Commission to examine competition issues in the consumer communications services sector. It merely confirmed its approach adopted in the Microsoft / Skype case, which was endorsed by the General Court in the Cisco Systems Inc. judgment of 11 December 2013. As a preliminary remark, it must be pointed out that the acquisition project was notified to the European Commission on the ground that the national competition authorities of at

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Anthony P.W. Bochon, The EU Commission approves without commitments an acquisition in the recent information technology sector (Facebook / WhatsApp), 3 October 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Mergers and Acquisitions in online platforms, Art. N° 72178

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