Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

EU Seeks Views on Thomson Reuters Bid to End Antitrust Probe

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

July 12 (Bloomberg) -- Thomson Reuters Corp.’s revised offer to settle a European Union antitrust probe will be tested by users of securities identification codes.

The European Commission said the company’s proposal to reduce license fees and simplify the fee structure of the codes improved on earlier concessions “in several regards.”

The Brussels-based commission “has concerns that Thomson Reuters may be abusing its dominant market position in the market for consolidated real-time datafeeds,” the Brussels-based regulator said in an e-mailed statement. Curbs on how the company’s clients can use the identification codes create “substantial barriers” to alternative providers.

The commission opened an investigation into the Thomson Reuters codes in 2009, saying customers may potentially be locked in to working with the company because replacing the codes required a long and costly procedure to rewrite or reconfigure software applications.

“Thomson Reuters does not believe it has violated EU competition law, nor has the European Commission made any finding of infringement against the firm,” the New York-based company said in an e-mailed statement.

The commission will seek views on the offer for four weeks. The EU can end the investigation if the offer addresses the competition concerns. Thomson Reuters can be fined up to 10 percent of its yearly revenue if it breaks the terms of the legally binding settlement.

Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, competes with Thomson Reuters in selling financial and legal information and trading systems.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jim Brunsden in Brussels at jbrunsden@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.