The EU General Court rejects a rival’s claim and gives the green signal for an acquisition in the communications services market (Microsoft / Skype)

By its decision dated 11 December 2013, Luxembourg based European General Court approves the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft. [1] Background On 02.09.2011 the EU Commission was notified of a proposed concentration by which, Microsoft Corporation, USA acquired 100% of the outstanding shares and therefore sole control over Skype Global S.a.r.l, Luxembourg. The Commission decided to assess the notified operation from two aspects: First horizontal effects, i.e. whether the undertakings concerned being competitors in the communications services market particularly relating to instant messaging, voice calls and video calls and second, conglomerate effects due to complimentary nature of the products offered, Microsoft being the supplier to products such as OS which work together with

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  • Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)

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Sakshi Sejwal, The EU General Court rejects a rival’s claim and gives the green signal for an acquisition in the communications services market (Microsoft / Skype), 11 December 2013, e-Competitions Platforms, Art. N° 64554

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