Market Studies and Inquiries

UK calls for airline slot allocation reform

UK calls for airline slot allocation reform

19 December 2018

While the UK’s antitrust watchdog urges an auction-based model of allocating airport slots – the right to take off or land at a given time – a leading European aviation lawyer has derided the enforcer’s recommendations as “poorly thought out [and] poorly substantiated.”

UK audit sector not fit for purpose, enforcer says

UK audit sector not fit for purpose, enforcer says

18 December 2018

Companies that operate both audit and consulting services should be split into separate companies with separate management, accounts and remuneration in order to improve the quality of auditing services, the UK’s competition enforcer has said.

Japan to assess power of digital platforms

Japan to assess power of digital platforms

13 December 2018

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission reportedly will survey the business practices of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, while an agency study group has recommended the enforcer further investigates the conduct of digital platforms.

COFECE probes market for card payment systems

COFECE probes market for card payment systems

29 October 2018

Mexico’s competition enforcer is investigating the card payment systems market for barriers to entry, which could end with the agency imposing remedies on the market.

UK begins audit sector market study

UK begins audit sector market study

10 October 2018

The UK’s competition authority has launched a market study into the audit sector, following calls from lawmakers for the break-up of the so-called Big Four accountancy firms.

Competition concerns require new waste regulator, Ireland says

Competition concerns require new waste regulator, Ireland says

28 September 2018

Ireland’s antitrust authority has backed the creation of a new economic regulator for the household waste collection market, to address competition concerns in a sector it says tends to produce natural monopolies that give consumers little power.

Danish enforcer must improve case management, report says

Danish enforcer must improve case management, report says

13 September 2018

Denmark’s National Audit Office has criticised the country’s competition enforcer and state prosecutor for taking too long to conclude antitrust cases.

Germany doubles down on exploration of antitrust reform in digital age

Germany doubles down on exploration of antitrust reform in digital age

12 September 2018

Germany’s government has set up a new investigatory commission to evaluate whether the country’s competition law should be amended to respond to unique antitrust challenges in the digital economy – a week after another agency published recommendations on the same topic.

Israel begins digital economy inquiry

Israel begins digital economy inquiry

05 September 2018

Israel’s Antitrust Authority has begun a review examining competition within the country’s digital economy, soliciting feedback on whether it should adapt its approach within the online market.

Financial regulators need “competition champion”, Australian report says

Financial regulators need “competition champion”, Australian report says

07 August 2018

In a damning report that criticises the lack of competition in the financial services sector, an Australian governmental research body has recommended that the country’s antitrust watchdog lead reform of the industry.