May 24, 2024

The EU Fee has launched an in-depth of Adobe’s Figma deal, throwing additional doubt on the acquisition.

Adobe introduced a deal in September 2022 to buy Figma for $20 billion. The deal was instantly met with criticism, with Figma customers fearing that Adobe would kill off the smaller firm’s options, or value its web-based design instruments out of the attain of its core prospects. Regulators began to scrutinize the deal over considerations the deal would eradicate certainly one of Adobe’s solely true opponents.

The EU Fee is now participating in an in-depth investigation into the deal.

“Adobe and Figma are two main suppliers of software program for the inventive neighborhood within the digital sphere,” mentioned Margrethe Vestager, Govt Vice-President answerable for competitors coverage. “Many customers and companies depend on their digital design instruments to excel of their work. With our in-depth investigation we goal to make sure that customers proceed to have entry to a large pool of digital inventive instruments amongst which to decide on.”

The Fee says it has cooperated with different regulatory companies within the preliminary levels of the investigation. Whereas it didn’t say which companies, the UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority has raised considerations in regards to the deal as nicely.