EC to examine Orange-Jazztel takeover, overruling Spanish watchdog

27 Jan 2015

European Union (EU) antitrust regulators have rejected a request from Spain’s competition watchdog, the Comision Nacional de la Competencia (CNC), to review Orange Group’s proposed acquisition of alternative broadband provider Jazz Telecom (Jazztel).

In turning down the CNC’s request, the European Commission is understood to have said it believed it was more qualified to deal with the case, saying that ‘given its extensive experience in assessing cases in this sector, it is better placed to deal with the transaction and ensure consistency in the application of merger control rules in the fixed and mobile telecommunications sectors across the European Economic Area (EEA)’.

Spain, Jazztel, Orange Espana (incl. Jazztel), Orange Group