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Fox/Disney Pre-Filing Discussions with EC Continue

With additional reporting by Valeria Camerino – Disney is in long, complex pre-notification discussions with the European Commission about its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, sources told CTFN. A source close to the deal confirmed thatfeatured

Next Steps in Appeal of Sky Minimum Bid

The independent directors of Sky will appeal to the UK’s Takeover Panel seeking that the panel’s hearings committee be convened to review the panel’s decision that Disney should offerfeatured

Fox Waiting for DCMS Sign Off to Raise Bid for Sky

Twenty-First Century Fox has been waiting for the UK’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to give its final approval before increasing its offer for Sky, a personfeatured

Hancock Unlikely to Refer Comcast Offer for Sky Despite Public Comment

Matt Hancock, the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is unlikely to change his “minded not to refer” opinion on Comcast, a source close to Sky and a personfeatured

Four Essentials from CTFN This Week

Closing arguments in the Time Warner/AT&T case are scheduled for April 30. The prior week’s testimony featured the redirect of the government’s key witness, economist Carl Shapiro. See a summary and additional commentary here and here. The European Commission is currently preparing a statement of objections (SO) on the merger between industrial gas giants Linde … Read Morefeatured

Bidding War for Sky Ready to Kick Off, Sources Say

Sources close to the Sky takeover expect a bidding war between Fox/Disney and Comcast, after Comcast confirmed its pre-conditional cash offer of 1,250 pence per share for Sky.featured

Four Essentials from CTFN This Week

Rivals and clients of Linde and Praxair in Brazil are monitoring the ongoing merger between the two industrial gas giants with great apprehension, with sources raising doubts that the deal could be cleared by Brazilian regulator CADE without significant divestments. More here … The Competition Commission of India is likely to clear the Monsanto-Bayer deal … Read Morepublic

CMA Provisional Findings for Sky-Fox Expected Next Week

The provisional findings from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority on the proposed 21st Century Fox takeover of Sky are due to be published around the fifteenthfeatured

CMA Exploring Various Issues with Sky/Fox

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is exploring various areas of difficulty around Twenty-First Century Fox’s planned acquisition of Sky,featured

Fox Still Confident of Sky Deal Approval

21st Century Fox is still confident of regulatory approval for its merger with Sky, even though the deal could be referred on grounds of broadcasting standards as well asfeatured

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