Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

Phillips encourages FTC study of rules rolled back during covid-19

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips is calling on his agency to analyse the impacts of rules and regulations that state and local governments have retracted amid the covid-19 pandemic.

09 April 2021

FTC probing new enforcement theories with healthcare mergers study

The Federal Trade Commission is searching for competitive harm beyond its traditional enforcement strategy in an ongoing study of healthcare facility consolidation, an official at the agency has said.

25 March 2021

Romania launches medical waste probe following sector study and raids

The Romanian Competition Council has begun investigating eight medical waste treatment and disposal companies over suspicions they divided the market and conspired to block new entrants.

19 March 2021

FTC seeks new approach for reviewing pharmaceutical mergers

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a working group of international enforcers looking for new ways to analyse and challenge pharmaceutical mergers.

17 March 2021

ACCC shifts focus to internet search and web browsers

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into two key areas of the digital economy – consumer choice when selecting internet search services and the supply of web browsers.

11 March 2021

Swedish enforcer calls for market investigation powers

The Swedish Competition Authority has urged its government to change the country’s antitrust rules to empower it to conduct market investigations, after finding during a digital platforms market study that the current law has "built-in limitations".

09 March 2021

Turkey launches online advertising market study

The Turkish Competition Authority has begun its latest study into the digital economy, this time examining the online advertising market to check for potential competition concerns relating to Google, Facebook and other local operators.

09 March 2021

Italy begins assessing compliance rating scheme

The Italian Competition Authority has launched a survey to explore the benefits of a rating programme for businesses that rewards antitrust compliance with better access to credit and public funding.

08 March 2021

Korea to bolster app store monitoring

Korea’s antitrust watchdog is beefing up its monitoring of online app stores after a survey showed that new market entrants are calling for stronger government intervention to eradicate unfair practices by online platform operators.

04 March 2021

Bilal Sayyed: the GCR exit interview

Under Bilal Sayyed’s watch, the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning conducted a series of hearings evaluating the state of US antitrust enforcement, initiated a study of unreported transactions by major technology platforms and published the first update to the vertical merger guidelines in more than a quarter-century. Now a senior adjunct fellow with TechFreedom, the former director of the FTC’s policy shop reflected on his time at the agency in a conversation with GCR USA.

25 February 2021

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