Britain’s Antitrust Watchdog Announces In-Depth Probe of Adobe’s $20 Billion Figma Deal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said late last month it had found the deal could lead to less choice for designers of digital apps.

Britain’s Antitrust Watchdog Announces In-Depth Probe of Adobe’s $20 Billion Figma Deal

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Adobe did not offer any remedies to ease the regulator's concerns

Highlights
  • The CMA has until December 27 to conclude its investigation
  • EU regulators will decide by August 7 whether to clear the acquisition
  • Adobe announced a cash-and-stock deal for Figma in September
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Britain's antitrust regulator on Thursday announced an in-depth probe of Adobe's $20 billion (roughly Rs. 1,64,216 crore) bid for cloud-based designer platform Figma, after the Photoshop owner said it would not offer any remedies to ease the regulator's concerns.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said late last month it had found the deal could lead to less choice for designers of digital apps, websites and other products, and identified concerns in the supply of screen design software, where the companies compete.

It had given Adobe five working days to submit proposals to address its concerns. But on July 7, the US company told the CMA it would not offer any remedies, the CMA said on Thursday.

Figma and Adobe both directed Reuters to the companies' response in June, when the regulator had flagged these concerns.

"We look forward to establishing these facts in the next phase of the process and successfully completing the transaction," a spokesperson for Adobe added.

An in-depth, or phase two, probe by the CMA is conducted by an inquiry group selected from independent experts. The CMA has until December 27 to conclude its investigation.

Figma's web-based collaborative platform for designs and brainstorming is hugely popular among tech firms including Zoom Video Communications, Airbnb and Coinbase.

Adobe announced a cash-and-stock deal for Figma in September. It has said it expects to close the deal by end of this year, as US and EU regulators also probe the deal.

EU antitrust regulators will decide by August 7 whether to clear the acquisition.

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