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Microsoft's planned Activision Blizzard deal monitored in Australia, ahead of likely review

By Laurel Henning
  • 11 Mar 2022 00:16
  • 11 Mar 2022 00:16
Microsoft’s $68.7 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard is being monitored by Australia’s competition regulator, with the watchdog announcing that it plans to begin a public review soon.

In an update to its public merger register, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, or ACCC, said it was aware of the proposed acquisition and would

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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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