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German watchdog says Liberty buying Kabel would be complicated

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BONN, Germany (Reuters) - A takeover of Kabel Deutschland <KD8Gn.DE> by peer Liberty Global <LBTYA.O> would be more complicated from an anti-trust point of view than an acquisition by Vodafone <VOD.L>, Germany's cartel office said on Wednesday.

Vodafone on Monday agreed to buy Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland for 7.7 billion euros ($10.1 billion), beating Liberty Global, which could still return with a higher bid.

Liberty Global owns Germany's second-largest cable operator Unity Media KabelBW. ($1 = 0.7649 euros)

(Reporting by Tom Kaeckenhoff; Writing by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Christoph Steitz)

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