Market Studies and Inquiries

ACCC investigates online platforms

ACCC investigates online platforms

07 December 2017

Australia’s government has asked the country’s antitrust enforcer to examine the effects that online platforms such as Facebook and Google are having on competition across the media and advertising sectors.

French enforcer aims to shake up pharma market

French enforcer aims to shake up pharma market

23 November 2017

France’s antitrust agency has launched a second inquiry of the national pharmaceutical market, after policymakers largely ignored its first round of recommendations intended to encourage liberalisation.

UK enforcer: voluntary information requests no longer viable

UK enforcer: voluntary information requests no longer viable

09 November 2017

The head of enforcement for the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said “a few bad apples” have forced the agency to use more compulsory information requests.

European Commission considers online platform regulation

European Commission considers online platform regulation

27 October 2017

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology is calling for comments on a proposal to regulate online platforms.

German authority uses new powers in price-comparison study

German authority uses new powers in price-comparison study

24 October 2017

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will use its new powers to investigate consumer protection matters for the first time in a market study of online price comparison websites.

CMA launches price comparison investigation off the back of market study

CMA launches price comparison investigation off the back of market study

26 September 2017

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has highlighted possible improvements to boost competition in the price comparison website sector, and launched an enforcement investigation of an operator’s exclusivity agreements with home insurance providers.

CMA starts market investigation following FCA reference

CMA starts market investigation following FCA reference

14 September 2017

The UK's antitrust watchdog has started an 18-month market investigation of investment consultants, after the country's financial regulator for the first time referred concerns about a lack of competition in the sector for a full probe.

Dutch authority finds no competition issues with video platforms

Dutch authority finds no competition issues with video platforms

23 August 2017

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets has concluded there are no competition risks in the video platform sector, following a market study of companies such as Facebook, Netflix and Youtube.

COFECE: more generic drug competition needed

COFECE: more generic drug competition needed

10 August 2017

Mexico's antitrust watchdog says the country needs to remove regulatory barriers to generic drug competition.

CMA publishes changes to market investigations

CMA publishes changes to market investigations

05 July 2017

The UK Competition and Markets Authority today published changes to its market investigation procedures that include considering potential remedies during the first two months of an investigation.