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Mundt: break up companies only if data competition and regulation fail

The head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has laid out potential ways to address problems in the digital economy, short of breaking up big technology companies.

17 June 2019

CMA chief economist: counterfactual has become “ugly” for tech deals

Assessing the counterfactual scenario for deals in the digital sectors has become “ugly”, the chief economist at the UK’s antitrust enforcer has said.

17 June 2019

Digital competition advice applies more generally, Fletcher says

Recommendations in a report about the digital economy are relevant to non-digital sectors and non-competition concerns, an author of the report has said.

17 June 2019

Valletti sees “endemic” market failures in digital sector

The chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Competition has proposed tools to combat chronic underenforcement in the digital sector.

07 June 2019

Ex ante regulation is crucial in digital sector, UK and Australian enforcers agree

Officials from the UK and Australian competition authorities have emphasised the need for dedicated units and ex ante regulation to address the digital economy.

07 June 2019

Not relying on leniency will encourage applications, Prewitt says

Competition authorities must be better at developing their own investigative techniques for discovering cartels, to create a fear of detection that brings forward leniency applicants, Latham and Watkins partner Elizabeth Prewitt has said.

06 June 2019

Peer pressure is crucial to ICN’s role, ex-JFTC official says

An important role of the International Competition Network is to apply peer pressure to ensure nations adopt global standards of competition enforcement, a former secretary general of Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has said.

06 June 2019

CMA data head: enforcers should create and share code

The head of the new data and technology unit at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has recommended that enforcers share code developed during investigations to increase efficiency.

06 June 2019

Mundt and Laitenberger disagree on stretching antitrust

The heads of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition have voiced conflicting views on whether to stretch the bounds of antitrust policies to address the digital economy.

04 June 2019

German enforcer: Innovation in digital economy is all about data access

The head of Germany’s Monopolies Commission has praised Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for investing in innovation, but said they need to grant greater access to rivals.

03 June 2019

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