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Comment: Microsoft's pinstripe profile points to straightforward EU approval for TikTok buy

By Nicholas Hirst
  • 07 Aug 2020 10:33
  • 07 Aug 2020 10:33
Microsoft’s planned purchase of Chinese-owned app TikTok probably won't face the antitrust resistance that seems to meet all Big Tech acquisitions in the EU these days.

In part, that’s because the Silicon Valley software giant isn't a major collector and user of consumer data. That's in contrast with Google and Facebook, which have

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Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent


Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

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