The EU Commission unconditionally clears an acquisition in the social media sector (Facebook / WhatsApp)

Background information On 3 October 2014 the European Commission ("Commission") unconditionally clears in first phase the €14 billion acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook (the “Transaction”). The Transaction was already conditionally authorized in April 2014 by the US Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), which required WhatsApp to adhere to the agreement reached in 2012 between Facebook and FTC. As a result of this agreement, Facebook undertook to give consumers notice and obtain consent before sharing their information and to set a privacy programme to protect consumer's information. The Commission's approval is deemed the last regulatory hurdle before the closing of the deal. Facebook and WhatsApp (“the Parties”) are two US based firms. Facebook provides social networking services to 1.3

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Pablo González De Zárate Catón, The EU Commission unconditionally clears an acquisition in the social media sector (Facebook / WhatsApp), 3 octobre 2014, e-Competitions October 2014, Art. N° 70606

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