CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – ABSENCE OF VERTICAL EFFECTS – RISK OF FORECLOSURE

Vertical merger: The French Competition Authority approves a vertical concentration in the audiovisual sector, excluding the risk of input foreclosure (TF1, FIFL, FLCP)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. While it seems superfluous to present TF1, the same does not apply to FIFL, a holding company controlled exclusively by Mr Fabrice Larue, which controls in particular FLCP. The latter held all the capital and voting rights of the company Newen, known for producing and selling the series Plus belle la vie, Versailles and Candice Renoir. By its decision of 21 January 2016, the Authority authorised, at the end of a phase 1 and without commitment, the acquisition of joint control by TF1 and FIFL of FLCP, thereby giving TF1 joint control over Plus belle la vie, a flagship programme broadcast by the France 3 channel of the France Télévisions group. The Authority

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Olivier Billard, Guillaume Fabre, Vertical merger: The French Competition Authority approves a vertical concentration in the audiovisual sector, excluding the risk of input foreclosure (TF1, FIFL, FLCP), 21 January 2016, Concurrences N° 2-2016, Art. N° 79463, pp. 145-146

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