CASE COMMENTS: MERGER CONTROL – EUROPEAN UNION – COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION – USER DATA

User data: The European Commission approves the acquisition of a music recognition app by a provider of digital music streaming services (Apple/Shazam)

On 6 September 2018, the European Commission approved the acquisition of UK company Shazam Entertainment Ltd. (“Shazam”) by U.S. group Apple. Shazam is a global market leader in the supply of music recognition apps for smartphones, tablets and personal computers. Apple is, inter alia, the second largest global supplier of digital music streaming services (behind Spotify). The Commission approved the transaction following a Phase 2 in-depth review but without imposing any remedies. This case is relevant to the ongoing debate on whether EU merger control procedural rules and substantive analysis should be adjusted to reflect the emergence of digital economy. Referral requests enable the Commission to review dotcom deals As part of its 2017 consultation on the effectiveness of EU merger

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Ianis Girgenson, User data: The European Commission approves the acquisition of a music recognition app by a provider of digital music streaming services (Apple/Shazam), 6 September 2018, Concurrences Review N° 1-2019, Art. N° 88970, pp. 118-119

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