German watchdog says Liberty buying Kabel would be complicated

BONN, Germany Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:29am EDT

A man passes the company logo of German cable television group Kabel Deutschland in Unterfoehring north of Munich June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

A man passes the company logo of German cable television group Kabel Deutschland in Unterfoehring north of Munich June 24, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - A takeover of Kabel Deutschland (KD8Gn.DE) by peer Liberty Global (LBTYA.O) would be more complicated from an anti-trust point of view than an acquisition by Vodafone (VOD.L), Germany's cartel office said on Wednesday.

Vodafone on Monday agreed to buy Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland for 7.7 billion euros ($10.1 billion), beating Liberty Global, which could still return with a higher bid.

Liberty Global owns Germany's second-largest cable operator Unity Media KabelBW. ($1 = 0.7649 euros)

(Reporting by Tom Kaeckenhoff; Writing by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Christoph Steitz)

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