UK Agency To Probe Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger

Law360, New York (June 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Britain’s consumer agency has raised concerns that a merger of ticketing firm Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and leading concert promoter Live Nation Inc. may squeeze out Europe’s largest ticketing agent from the market, and has called on the U.K.'s competition regulator to review the proposed tie-up.

The Office of Fair Trading on Wednesday referred the proposed merger to the Competition Commission out of a concern that the deal could lead to a “substantial lessening of competition” because CTS Eventim, which is in line to become Live Nation’s...
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