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Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal faces further regulatory delay in New Zealand review

By Laurel Henning
  • 24 Jan 2023 04:21
  • 24 Jan 2023 04:21
Microsoft’s planned $68.7 billion acquisition of video-game developer Activision Blizzard will face a delay of over two months in New Zealand, after the country’s competition regulator today scrapped a Feb. 3 announcement deadline.

In an update to the New Zealand Commerce Commission’s dedicated timeline for its review of the global deal, the regulator

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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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