CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – JURISDICTIONAL THRESHOLDS – RELEVANCE OF MARKET SHARES – NETWORK EFFECTS

Phase I : The European Commission approves in Phase I without commitments a merger in the sector of consumer communication services which is characterized by the free provision of the relevant services (Facebook, Whatsapp)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Comm. eur. 3 Oct. 2014, S.O.6, para. 1(b) Facebook c/ Whatsapp, COMP/M.7217 On 29 August 2014, Facebook notified the European Commission of its acquisition of Whatsapp, a company that publishes the well-known mobile application for instant messaging between users. The Commission cleared the concentration without commitment on 3 October 2014 (the "Decision"). The Decision raises interesting questions with regard to the Commission's jurisdiction and substantive analysis of mergers in the new technologies sector, a sector in which the services provided are (frequently) free of charge. The competence of the Commission The Whatsapp takeover transaction was

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Olivier Billard, Guillaume Fabre, Phase I : The European Commission approves in Phase I without commitments a merger in the sector of consumer communication services which is characterized by the free provision of the relevant services (Facebook, Whatsapp), 3 October 2014, Concurrences N° 2-2015, Art. N° 73081, pp. 126-128

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