CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – EUROPEAN UNION – CLEARANCE DECISION – VERTICAL EFFECTS – RELEVANT MARKET

Clearance: The General Court of the European Union confirms the decision of the European Commission declaring the acquisition of sole control over a Dutch telecommunications operator compatible with the internal market (KPN)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. By judgment of 27 January 2021 ( KPN BV. v. European Commission, Case T-691/18), the General Court of the European Union ["General Court"] upheld the decision of the European Commission ["Commission"] authorising the acquisition of sole control of Ziggo N.V. ["Ziggo"] by Liberty Global Plc ["Liberty Global"], both of which are active in the telecommunications sector in the Netherlands, thereby dismissing the action brought by their competitor, KPN BV. [ "KPN"], the former Dutch telecommunications monopoly. Background: initial Commission decision and first appeal The merger was initially cleared by the Commission on 10 October 2014 (Commission Decision

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David Tayar, Emily Xueref-Poviac, Clearance: The General Court of the European Union confirms the decision of the European Commission declaring the acquisition of sole control over a Dutch telecommunications operator compatible with the internal market (KPN), 27 January 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 100543, pp. 118-122

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