German Regulator Concerned About $787M Cable Merger

Law360, New York (December 7, 2012, 1:49 PM EST) -- Germany's antitrust regulator expressed concern Friday that cable service provider Kabel Deutschland Holding AG's €618 million ($787 million) acquisition of Tele Columbus Group would decrease competition in the German cable market.

The Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, said its initial impression of the deal was it would exacerbate the near-duopoly situation in German cable service, which is dominated by Kabel Deutschland and rival Unitymedia.

Unitymedia bought up smaller rival Liberty Global last year, and Tele Columbus is the largest remaining competitor to the two big providers,...
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