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The EU’s quick approval of the Amazon-MGM deal; and targeted advertising in Europe
01 April 2022 00:00
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Data Privacy and Security
- North America
The European Union’s unexpectedly swift review of the $8.5 billion Amazon-Metro Goldwyn Mayer deal was surprising and left merger experts speculating on what it could mean for other deals on the horizon. The European Commission’s reluctance to take a deep dive into a large transaction involving a digital platform with oodles of data at its disposal also challenges the assumption that the EU is a tough regulatory environment for US-based Big Tech. Also on today’s podcast: the EU’s Digital Services Act and what it means for targeted advertising. While a full ban of the practice is no longer on the negotiating table, a proposal to stop targeting minors with ads is raising questions about enforcement.
16 March 2022 14:59 by Natalie McNelisMicrosoft may take heart from the straightforward EU clearance of Amazon’s acquisition of Hollywood studio MGM
28 March 2022 13:15 by Matthew NewmanA planned prohibition on targeted advertising for children is causing trouble for negotiators on the EU’s Digital Services Act
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Natalie McNelis Senior Correspondent
Natalie McNelis covers mergers for MLex in Brussels. Before joining MLex in 2017, she spent 20 years as an international trade and competition lawyer in law firms including Stibbe and WilmerHale. Natalie has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an LLM in EU law from KU Leuven. She is admitted to the bar in New York.
Matthew Newman Chief Correspondent
Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory... Read more