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Google faces Australian competition-enforcement probe after closing Fitbit deal (update*)

By Laurel Henning
  • 14 Jan 2021 19:42
  • 14 Jan 2021 21:32
Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of rival smartwatch maker Fitbit will continue to face an investigation in Australia, despite the companies’ announcement yesterday that they had closed their deal (see here).

The probe in Australia will no longer take the form of a public informal review, the regulator has told MLex, but will

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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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