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UK Investigates Viagogos, Stubhub Deal

 |  April 16, 2020

UK’s competition watchdog announced late Wednesday, April 15, that it had started an investigation into ticket reseller Viagogos’ US$4.05 billion acquisition of eBay’s ticketing unit Stubhub that was completed in February. 

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had flagged concerns in December about whether the deal was “expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.” 

“The deadline for the CMA to announce its decision whether to refer the merger for a Phase 2 investigation is therefore 11 June 2020,” the regulator stated, adding that it issued a notice to the parties on the launch of the merger inquiry on Tuesday. 

The Guardian newspaper had earlier reported that the CMA could launch a second inquiry that may lead to the UK element of the deal being blocked altogether.

Full Content: Reuters

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