European Commission approves acquisition of McAfee by Intel

The European Commission (EC) has given its conditional approval to the proposed acquisition of McAfee, the security technology company, by Intel. Intel is one of the big players in the worldwide computer manufacturing market, in particular as one of the biggest manufacturers of central processing units (CPUs).

The EC’s decision shows that there were serious competition concerns in relation to the merger, in particular with regards to the potential bundling of CPUs from Intel with the security products produced by McAfee, if such bundling did not allow for interoperability of the McAfee security products with the CPUs manufactured by Intel’s competitors and vice versa.

As a result, the EC gave its conditional approval to the acquisition under the EC Merger Regulation, the conditions being that such interoperability be possible and all necessary information for interoperability be made available to Intel’s, and McAfee’s, competitors.