16 February 2016

Liberty Global / Base acquisition conditionally cleared

RBB advised on the acquisition of Belgian mobile network operator BASE by Liberty Global.  Liberty Global is the parent company of Belgian cable operator Telenet which operated as a mobile virtual network operator prior to the merger.   The European Commission cleared the transaction on 4 February following an in-depth Phase II merger inquiry, subject to the divestment of part of the customers of BASE to MEDIALAAN. The Commission was satisfied that this was a sufficient remedy to safeguard competition in the Belgian market for mobile telecommunication services. RBB advised Liberty Global, working alongside Freshfields.

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