Rogers (RCI), which agreed to acquire Shaw (SJR) for $16 billion last March, agreed to not proceed with the deal until either a negotiated settlement is agreed with Canada’s Competition Bureau or the Competition Tribunal has ruled on the matter, according to a statement.
Earlier this month Canada's antitrust regulator informed Rogers (RCI) and Shaw (SJR) of its intention to oppose the transaction. Rogers and Shaw are engaged in a process to fully divest Shaw’s wireless business as part of their proposed merger in an effort to address the agency's antitrust concerns.
If a Tribunal hearing is ultimately required to address the Commissioner’s application to prevent the deal, Rogers (RCI) and Shaw (SJR) said they intend to oppose it. An expedited schedule of that application is expected to be set soon.