CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – EUROPEAN UNION – COMMITMENTS – DUTY TO STATE REASONS – VERTICAL EFFECTS

Duty to state reasons: The General Court of the European Union annuls a Commission decision clearing the acquisition of a Dutch cable operator by an international group of telecommunications for failure to state adequate reasons (KPN)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On October 26, 2017, the Court of First Instance of the European Union annulled a 2014 decision by which the European Commission authorized Liberty Global to acquire the Dutch cable operator Ziggo, subject to compliance with commitments. Liberty Global is an international group of cable operators which includes the Dutch cable operator UPC Nederland. On 14 March 2014, Liberty Global notified the Commission of its intention to acquire Ziggo. On 10 October 2014, the merger was cleared by the Commission after an in-depth investigation (³cPhase II³d), subject to the fulfilment of certain commitments by Liberty Global. KPN, the incumbent telecommunications

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Jean-François Bellis, Valérie Lefever, Duty to state reasons: The General Court of the European Union annuls a Commission decision clearing the acquisition of a Dutch cable operator by an international group of telecommunications for failure to state adequate reasons (KPN), 26 October 2017, Concurrences N° 1-2018, Art. N° 86216, pp. 118-119

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