The EU General Court overturns the EU Commission’s prohibition of a mobile telecommunications merger (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK)

In a landmark Judgment delivered on May 28, the General Court overturned the European Commission’s 2016 prohibition of the Three/O2 UK mobile telecommunications merger. The Judgment raises the bar for the Commission in respect of (1) the legal standard the Commission must meet; (2) the closeness of competition between merging parties required to challenge a merger on a unilateral effects theory of harm; and (3) how the Commission must account for efficiencies in quantitative modelling. Although certain of the Court’s findings are specific to the underlying transaction, the Judgment is likely to have important implications for European merger control beyond the telecommunications sector. The merger involved concentrated markets in which the Commission did not allege the creation or

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  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Cologne)
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Rome)
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Paris)
  • Macfarlanes (Brussels)

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Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, Patrick Bock, Nicholas Levy, Marco D'Ostuni, Séverine Schrameck, Richard Pepper, The EU General Court overturns the EU Commission’s prohibition of a mobile telecommunications merger (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK), 28 mai 2020, e-Competitions May 2020, Art. N° 95608

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