Microsoft’s planned $16 billion acquisition of Nuance may have hit a stumbling block in the United Kingdom, where the country’s competition regulator is investigating the deal.
Microsoft announced the deal to buy Nuance back in April. Nuance is an artificial intelligence company that leads conversational AI solutions for cloud-based ambient clinical intelligence. Among the healthcare products the company offers are Dragon Medical One, Dragon Ambient eXperience, and PowerScribe.
Microsoft has been in partnership with Nuance Communications since 2019, co-developing ambient sending and conversational AI systems.
However, the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) in the UK is concerned about the deal. Nuance is used in over 75% of hospitals in the US and also by the NHS in the UK.
“The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation,” says the regulator. “And, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods and services.”
As part of the investigation, the CMA is requesting competitors to provide feedback on whether a deeper investigation. This does not mean the regulator is looking to block the deal. In fact, the opposite is more likely considering the acquisition has passed regulators in Australia and the US.
Earlier this month, the CMA voiced concerns over Facebook/Meta’s attempt to by Giphy, citing worries over competition.
There is a concern that Facebook – no known as Meta – will prevent GIFs from the Giphy library from being used on other social media platforms. At the moment, the data base is available on numerous services, including TikTok and Snapchat.
CMA also has worries about how Meta will run Giphy and if it will allow competitors to run on its own platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook.
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