So-called “killer acquisitions” have been a focus of recent and intensive debate. The question relates to the impact of mergers on innovation, and how to deal with transactions in digital industries in particular. Based on feelings of unease but no empirical evidence, advocates of a more stringent review of deals in the tech-sector are already suggesting changes of the law, such as a reversal of the burden of proof. But it remains unclear which transactions may qualify as killer acquisitions, and in which circumstances one should, according to these voices, assume that they are really anti-competitive. Here are five things people should know about the current debate on killer acquisitions to form a view.
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