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December 22, 2023
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Regulatory Hurdles Force Adobe to Abandon Figma Acquisition

Adobe-Figma $20 Billion merger fails amid regulatory disputes. Figma shall receive $1 Billion from Adobe as compensation. EU and UK regulators pressed on in recent months, leading to the suspension of negotiations between Adobe and Figma.

In a surprising twist, Adobe has called off its ambitious $20 billion acquisition of Figma, a renowned collaborative product design tool, citing intense regulatory pressure from the European Union and the United Kingdom. This move, initially positioned to become one of the tech industry's most significant sales, ranking ninth in historical acquisitions, has been halted to prevent potential stifling of innovation in the design software sector.

Adobe, a design software market leader, aimed to solidify its position with the purchase of Figma. However, the rapid rise of Figma's popularity, surpassing Adobe's XD alternative, raised concerns among regulators. Worried about the impact on innovation, EU and UK regulators pressed on in recent months, leading to the suspension of negotiations between Adobe and Figma.

The regulators' apprehensions centered around the potential limitation of innovation that Figma brought to the sector. Professional designers also echoed similar concerns in recent months. Just days ago, Adobe rejected proposed modifications to the deal from the UK's antitrust body, asserting that the acquisition would not harm the product design software market.

The European Commission shared a parallel viewpoint, launching an investigation in August. Simultaneously, the U.S. Department of Justice had plans for a similar inquiry, as reported by Bloomberg earlier this year. This development not only marks a significant setback for Adobe's strategic expansion but also ignites discussions about the delicate balance between market dominance and fostering innovation in the design software landscape.

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