CASE COMMENTS: MERGER CONTROL - FRANCE - FINE

Non-compliance with commitments: The French Competition Authority imposes a €40 million fines to a telecom operator for having failed to comply with commitments undertaken during a previous merger (SFR ; Altice)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The acquisition of SFR by Numericable, a subsidiary of the Altice Group, was authorized by the French Competition Authority (the "Authority") on October 30, 2014 (Decision No. 14-DCC-160), subject to commitments (the "Operation"). The Authority considered that the Operation was likely to call into question Numericable-SFR's incentive to honour its commitments to the public authorities and its co-investors with regard to the deployment of optical fibre. In particular, in November 2010, SFR and Bouygues Telecom signed a co-investment agreement relating to the deployment of a fiber optic network in the main

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  • Clifford Chance (Paris)
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher (Brussels)

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David Tayar, Maxime de l'Estang, Non-compliance with commitments: The French Competition Authority imposes a €40 million fines to a telecom operator for having failed to comply with commitments undertaken during a previous merger (SFR ; Altice), 8 March 2017, Concurrences N° 2-2017, Art. N° 83948, pp.134-135

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