Competition Tribunal on Rogers merger with Shaw now underway

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The Competition Tribunal’s public listening to on Rogers Communications Inc.’s $26 billion proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. begins immediately because the telecom firms look to take the deal throughout the end line.

The listening to will intention to resolve the deadlock between the Commissioner of Competition and Rogers and Shaw, and comes after weeks of talks and a brief mediation interval in late October that reached a stalemate.

The Competition Bureau is considered one of three regulatory businesses that should approve the deal earlier than it will probably shut, along with the CRTC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Last week, the competitors watchdog doubled down on its intention to completely block the deal.

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Ottawa rejects a part of proposed Rogers-Shaw merger deal

The federal authorities says it’s denying a part of Rogers’s bid to merge with Shaw, particularly pertaining to mobile phone service. However, that doesn’t imply the deal is useless.

It reiterated its place that the deliberate sale of Shaw-owned wi-fi service Freedom Mobile to Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron Ltd. isn’t sufficient to get rid of its considerations that the merger would result in worse providers and better costs for customers.

The listening to is predicted to final 4 weeks with oral arguments scheduled for mid-December.

Chief Justice Paul Crampton will likely be heading the Competition Tribunal panel through the listening to.

Rogers is hoping to shut the Shaw deal by the top of the yr, with a potential additional extension to Jan. 31, 2023.

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