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Professor Suzanne Rab discusses European Commission approving Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision

Professor Suzanne Rab recently commented on the then upcoming European Commission's decision to approve the $68.7 billion proposed merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, which had previously been blocked by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). She gave her thoughts on what would be the largest technology deal in history on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, and in Law360 and

Following the CMA's decision, Suzanne commented: "This is not the first time the CMA has effectively halted a major tech acquisition but the appeal process can be a long fight and by the time it is finally resolved the outcome may be the same even if errors are found. These cases serve as a reminder to dealmakers of the CMA’s ability to impose very significant worldwide outcomes, including in foreign-to-foreign mergers.

Following the decision of the European Commission on 15 May, Suzanne again appeared on Radio 4, on PM, to discuss the impact of the EU's approval in contrast to the CMA blocking the deal, and how this could potentially impact global markets. She also commented in The Guardian and Global Competition Review.

She highlighted that: “Whether the UK decision will scupper the whole deal remains to be seen as an appeal is understood to be underway. However, the parties and their advisers will no doubt be taking a long hard look at the global implications of different approaches of the merger authorities to a deal with global and complex impacts.”

Suzanne spoke on BBC Radio 4's Today and PM programmes, and her comments were published in, Global Competition Review and The Guardian.