Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

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

South Africa set to launch online platforms market study

South Africa’s antitrust authority has announced plans to conduct a market study into online platforms, based on its concerns that certain practices may “impede, distort or restrict” competition.

23 February 2021

Indonesian enforcer increases focus on digital economy

Indonesia’s competition watchdog has said it must update its tactics for detecting anticompetitive conduct in the digital economy, while closely monitoring deals that intend to increase the parties' dominance in e-commerce markets.

18 February 2021

New report calls for overhaul of UK competition regime

John Penrose, a member of parliament in the UK, has delivered a series of wide-ranging recommendations to the government for improving competition.

16 February 2021

ABA calls for more guidance from enforcers amid heightened uncertainty

The antitrust law section of the American Bar Association is urging the Biden administration to provide clarity on several subject matters as the nation grapples with the state of competition.

09 February 2021

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