CASE COMMENT: MERGER CONTROL- ACQUISITION OF A COMPETITOR - EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT - CREATION OR STRENGTHENING OF A DOMINANT POSITION OR COLLECTIVE DOMINANCE - DISAPPEARANCE OF A MAVERICK - UNILATERAL EFFECTS - VERTICAL EFFECTS - CONGLOMERAL EFFECTS

Disapperance of a maverick: The French Minister of Economy clears the acquisition of a leader in a connected market enjoying an exclusive distribution agreement for the acquiror’s products (France Télécom/Compagnie européenne de téléphonie)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Min. Eco, January 4, 2008, France Telecom / Compagnie Européenne de Téléphonie SA, aff. C2007-144, BOCCRF n° 1 bis of January 25, 2008 France Telecom, the incumbent operator in the telephony sector in France, which is covered more in this review of anti-competitive practices than in the review of mergers, has acquired control of a competitor which is also the leader in the related market for the marketing of photographic products and services. Was there a problem? Let us complicate the matter a little more: the target, called Compagnie Européenne de Telephonie SA (or "CET"), better known by its Photo Service and Photo Station brands, was in a difficult

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Jean-Mathieu Cot, Maxime Schucht, Disapperance of a maverick: The French Minister of Economy clears the acquisition of a leader in a connected market enjoying an exclusive distribution agreement for the acquiror’s products (France Télécom/Compagnie européenne de téléphonie), 4 January 2008, Concurrences N° 2-2008, Art. N° 16955, p. 130

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