Time Warner / AT&T

Time Warner / AT&T: Precedent Parallels: EC-Blocked Vertical / Conglomerate Mergers



Publication Date: November 24, 2017


Research Report Overview

In this deal commentary, we provide an in-depth summary of two relevant precedent mergers that were both initially blocked by the European Competition Commission (EC) on vertical and conglomerate grounds, Sidel (SID FP) / Tetra Laval (private), and Honeywell (HON US) / General Electric (GE US). Although from over 15 years ago, these precedents provide hints on how the DOJ may look to justify its recent actions in relation to the $108bn Time Warner / AT&T transaction and, equally, how AT&T may attempt to refute the negative decision by the DOJ. In this commentary, we do not delve into the content of the DOJ’s civil lawsuit and we do not try and predict an outcome.


Contents (7 Pages):

1. Market Definitions and High-Level Thoughts 2. Sidel / Tetra Laval, 2001 3. Honeywell / General Electric, 2001


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Deal Timeline

Time Warner / AT&T

End Date: June 14, 2018

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Deal Announced: October 22, 2016
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