Market Studies and Inquiries

CMA considers revamping market inquiries

CMA considers revamping market inquiries

07 March 2017

The UK’s competition authority has proposed streamlining its procedure for investigating markets for competition concerns – less than a year after it concluded reviews of the country’s energy and retail banking sectors.

CADE report finds education merger anti-competitive

CADE report finds education merger anti-competitive

07 February 2017

Brazil’s competition enforcer has issued a preliminary opinion that the proposed merger between two of the biggest private education companies in Brazil could lead to reduced competition in the market.

Latvia warns against municipal waste management monopoly

Latvia warns against municipal waste management monopoly

02 December 2016

Latvia’s competition authority yesterday urged municipal governments to modify their waste management policies, after finding over half them were simultaneously regulating and participating in the waste management market.

UK zeros in on competition in asset management

UK zeros in on competition in asset management

21 November 2016

The Financial Conduct Authority has proposed a series of remedies to improve price competition and transparency in the UK’s asset management industry, and plans to ask the country’s competition enforcer to investigate the investment consultancy market.

COFECE: open the door to taxi services

COFECE: open the door to taxi services

21 November 2016

Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission says the regulatory framework should change to allow for increased market access for taxi services operating at airports, after the enforcer fined Mexico City’s international airport in September for blocking new entrants.

DG Comp investigates Czech network-sharing agreement

DG Comp investigates Czech network-sharing agreement

25 October 2016

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition today opened a formal investigation of a network-sharing agreement between O2 and T-Mobile in the Czech Republic.

UK enforcer seeks better competition in investment banking market

UK enforcer seeks better competition in investment banking market

18 October 2016

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has set out a package of remedies to improve competition in the corporate and investment banking sector, but reiterated that it has no concerns about barriers to entry in the market.

DG Comp opens Croatia cement probe

DG Comp opens Croatia cement probe

11 October 2016

The EU Competition Commission yesterday deepened its investigation into the proposed buyout of Cemex Croatia by German-based cement giants HeidelbergCement and Schwenk after an initial probe raised concerns that the merger would reduce competition in Croatia’s grey cement market.

CMA drops energy price comparison conduct probe

CMA drops energy price comparison conduct probe

10 October 2016

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority last week called off an investigation of unidentified energy tariff price comparison websites, a week after opening a wider market study of the sector. 

Canada urges health care advertising study

Canada urges health care advertising study

05 October 2016

Canada’s Competition Bureau yesterday called for government agencies and regulatory bodies to investigate the potentially anticompetitive effects of health care advertising restrictions.

Netherlands starts big data probe

Netherlands starts big data probe

23 September 2016

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets yesterday began an investigation of the extent to which online platforms may harm competition in the Netherlands, and assess how their use of consumer data might grant them excessive market power. 

UK will rely on behavioural remedies to “shake up” banking

UK will rely on behavioural remedies to “shake up” banking

09 August 2016

The UK’s competition enforcer has pushed forward with its plan to inject competition into the retail banking sector through measures designed to encourage customers to switch banks – although some observers question whether the authority’s effort to level the playing field goes far enough.