MERGERS: PHASE I – ACQUISITION OF BROADCASTING RIGHTS – REMEDIES

Phase I : The French Competition Authority clears again, further to the annulment of its previous decision by the French Supreme Administrative Court, the acquisition of two free TV channels by a group active in the pay TV sector subject to revised commitments (Vivendi, Canal Plus / Direct 8, Direct Star, Direct Productions, Direct Digital, Bolloré Intermédia)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Perhaps the latest in a long series of decisions concerning Canal Plus Group, the Authority's decision dated April 2, 2014 once again authorizes, subject to enhanced undertakings, the acquisition by Vivendi and Canal Plus Group (hereinafter "GCP") of exclusive control of D8, D17, Direct Productions, Direct Digital and Bolloré Intermédia. Reminder of the competition concerns identified by the Authority and the commitments given by GCP The transaction had been authorised by the Authority on 23 July 2012 after an in-depth examination (Aut. conc., Decision No 12-DCC-101 of 23 July 2012). The Authority had made its authorisation subject to compliance with

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  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)
  • White & Case (Paris)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (London)

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Sergio Sorinas, Estelle Jegou, Clémence Barraud, Phase I : The French Competition Authority clears again, further to the annulment of its previous decision by the French Supreme Administrative Court, the acquisition of two free TV channels by a group active in the pay TV sector subject to revised commitments (Vivendi, Canal Plus / Direct 8, Direct Star, Direct Productions, Direct Digital, Bolloré Intermédia), 2 April 2014, Concurrences N° 3-2014, Art. N° 68340, pp. 136-138

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