Market Studies and Inquiries

Enforcer overreached sector regulator on airport, rules Mexican court

Enforcer overreached sector regulator on airport, rules Mexican court

15 May 2019

Mexico’s antitrust enforcer overstepped its jurisdiction in its first-ever market inquiry by forcing an airport to redistribute unused take-off and landing slots, a court has held.

Spain adds to list of online advertising probes

Spain adds to list of online advertising probes

26 April 2019

Spain’s competition watchdog has become the latest European enforcer to launch a study into the competitiveness of online advertising.

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

18 April 2019

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has recommended that the Big Four accountancy firms separate their auditing and consulting operations but stopped short of calling for a legal carve-up of their businesses.

Apple probed for abuse based on app store study

Apple probed for abuse based on app store study

11 April 2019

The Netherlands’ competition authority is investigating whether Apple is abusing its dominance through conditions it imposes on software application developers, after a market study found Apple and Google could exploit their positions as both hosts and competitors on their app marketplaces.

EU digital report: lawyers react

EU digital report: lawyers react

05 April 2019

Some antitrust practitioners have said the authors of an expert report on the EU’s digital competition policy failed to appreciate the enormity and complexity of their recommendations – particularly when requiring access to data as a remedy.

Expert report highlights flaws in EU digital competition policy

Expert report highlights flaws in EU digital competition policy

04 April 2019

An expert panel has advised the European Commission that competition policy should adapt to the digital economy by considering new theories of harm, prioritising innovation and requiring interoperability and access to data as a remedy.

UK report calls for full break-up of Big Four auditors

UK report calls for full break-up of Big Four auditors

02 April 2019

A UK governmental committee has gone beyond the competition enforcer to recommend the top four accountancy firms legally sever their auditing business from other activities, undertake joint audits and limit their number of audits, to promote competition in the “unhealthy” sector.

Market study remedies pose challenges, say Australian and French enforcers

Market study remedies pose challenges, say Australian and French enforcers

28 March 2019

The heads of the competition agencies in France and Australia would not welcome the power to impose remedies after conducting market studies because doing so would present several challenges.

Facebook and Google are not creative destroyers in news industry, Sims says

Facebook and Google are not creative destroyers in news industry, Sims says

11 February 2019

The head of Australia’s antitrust enforcer has said the entry of Facebook and Google into the market for news is not an example of positive “creative destruction”, as the two platforms are not replacing the services they’re endangering.

Retail food inquiry finds no anticompetitive conduct

Retail food inquiry finds no anticompetitive conduct

08 February 2019

Luxembourg’s competition enforcer has published its retail food sector inquiry report, three years after it concluded its review of the market.