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Comment: Google-Fitbit merger could still go ahead in Australia, despite reduced options

By Laurel Henning
  • 17 Jan 2021 23:38
  • 17 Jan 2021 23:38
Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of rival smartwatch maker Fitbit was a cause for concern in Australia even before the country’s competition regulator had begun a public review of the deal.
Just days after Google announced its plans in November 2019 to acquire Fitbit (see here), Australian Competition & Consumer Commission,

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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