Light Reading – Orange Gets Serious About $10.9B Bouygues Takeover – Report

Overcoming political and regulatory opposition to a merger is likely to be a major challenge for Orange and Bouygues, according to Bengt Nordström, the CEO of market research and consulting company Northstream.

“It would create a very dominant player which I think has very low probability to be approved by French and EU regulation and competition authorities,” he tells Light Reading. “A merger between Free [the brand used by Iliad, France’s number-four player] and Bouygues has a bigger probability of being approved but with current regulatory winds even that one would be unlikely, at least in 2016.”

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