Decision published in Hutchison/Wind Tre Merger

The EU Commission has recently published the full decision in the Hutchison/Wind Tre merger. The Commission confirmed in its press release of 31 August 2018 that the merger was cleared with commitments. The full decision, now available on the EU Commission website, provides further insight into how the Commission reached its decision. The commitments related…

Ofcom releases latest Business Connectivity Market Review Consultation

Ofcom has released its latest Business Connectivity Market Review Consultation (“BCMR Consultation”), outlining its provisional analysis of the Business Connectivity Market, provisional Significant Market Power (“SMP”) assessment, and proposals for remedies. Key points to note include a commitment to implementing a consolidated review of residential and business telecoms markets and physical infrastructure by 2021, introducing…

New merger and takeover rules enter into force

Reforms to the UK merger regime entered into force in June 2018. The reforms are designed to address concerns regarding the security of critical national infrastructure. In particular, the Government has amended the threshold tests for businesses in the military, dual-use, and quantum computing sectors. Pursuant to the Enterprise Act 2002 (Turnover Test) (Amendment) Order…

Upcoming reform to German competition law regime?

It is reported that Germany’s Ministry of Economy will consider the results of a study which aimed at boosting the competition law tools available to German competition law authorities to act against companies, particularly in the digital economy. In particular, the study suggested that the threshold for regulatory intervention should be lowered in some cases,…

Commission clears Hutchison takeover of Wind Tre

The European Commission has cleared CK Hutchison’s takeover of Italian telecoms group, Wind Tre, subject to CK Huthcison agreeing to take full responsibility for the conditions imposed on Wind Tre when it was created. These conditions relate to the completion of spectrum transfer and site divestment, and to the implementation of the national roaming agreement…