EU, Not Germany, Will Review $11.5B Telefonica-KPN Merger

Law360, New York (September 13, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT) -- The proposed €8.55 billion ($11.46 billion) tie-up between the German businesses of European telecom giants Royal KPN NV and Telefonica SA will fall to the European Commission for review, the group's antitrust chief said Friday, shooting down German authorities' plans to conduct the review.

Joaquin Almunia, the European Union's competition commissioner, told reporters at an Italian conference that his agency would address the merger. Germany's competition watchdog had lobbied to review the deal, which could cut the country's wireless providers from four to three and spawn...
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