The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision prohibiting a merger between two telecommunication companies (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK)

Under the leadership of Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission has taken an increasing interventionist stand across all areas of antitrust enforcement, in particular in merger control. The EU’s General Court dealt that aggressive agenda a massive blow by annulling the first of her many prohibition decisions. The Commission will undoubtedly appeal the General Court’s ruling. Unless overturned by the higher court, this judgment will have a significant impact on the legal test and evidentiary burden to support prohibitions. Perhaps more fundamentally, it may dent the confidence of the Commission in its current fight to assert its authority against the Member States. The UK Mobile Merger On 11 May 2016, the Commission blocked Hutchison Whampoa’s efforts to merge its U.K. operations

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  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Shearman & Sterling (Brussels)
  • Shearman & Sterling (London)
  • Shearman & Sterling (London)

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Sara Ashall, Elvira Aliende Rodriguez, Matthew Readings, James Webber, The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision prohibiting a merger between two telecommunication companies (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK), 28 May 2020, e-Competitions TLC Networks and the 5G, Art. N° 99241

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