Tobii AB (publ) v CMA [Archived]
Tobii AB (publ) v CMA [Archived]

The following Competition guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Tobii AB (publ) v CMA [Archived]
  • Case facts
  • Timeline
  • Commentary

CASE HUB

ARCHIVED—this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 10 January 2020; it is no longer maintained.

See further, timeline and commentary

Case facts

Outline An appeal by Tobii AB (publ) against the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision of 15 August 2019 prohibiting the completed acquisition by Tobii AB (publ) of Smartbox Assistive Technology Limited and Sensory Software International Limited (together Smartbox) and the complete divestment of Smartbox (ie to unwind the transaction.

Latest development On 17 February 2020, the CAT issued a ruling in on consequential matters (including permission to appeal (which was rejected) and costs).

Parties • Tobii AB (publ) (Tobii): Tobii is a Swedish high-technology company that develops and supplies products or assistive technology for communication and eye control and tracking.

• Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

Background The transaction

On 20 August 2018, Tobii announced that it had agreed to acquire Smartbox for total consideration of £11m. Completion occurred on 1 October 2018.

The CMA’s investigation

The CMA commenced an investigation on its own initiative and issued an