• Following an in-depth phase 2 review, the European Commission has approved the acquisition of Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), a joint venture between Airbus and Safran, subject to conditions. The Commission had concerns that the transaction would give rise to flows of sensitive information between Airbus and Arianespace to the detriment of competing satellite manufacturers and launch service providers. The Commission's approval is conditional on the implementation of commitments offered by the companies which are intended to address these concerns. Click here.