Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

Post-coronavirus airline competition is crucial, Sims says

Quickly identifying and remedying any potential damage to competition in the domestic airline industry is critical when the sector starts to rebound from the covid-19 pandemic, the head of Australia’s antitrust enforcer has said.

17 September 2020

New chair appointed to Germany’s Monopolies Commission

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has appointed law professor Jürgen Kühling as its new chair to replace former head Achim Wambach.

11 September 2020

Singapore issues e-commerce platform guidance

Singapore’s antitrust enforcer has ended its market study into e-commerce platforms without identifying any significant competition concerns, but published new guidance on how it will analyse market definition and market power in this area.

11 September 2020

Australia probes app stores

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into mobile applications stores and will examine the extent of competition between Google and Apple in the market.

09 September 2020

Malaysia highlights pervasive competition concerns in service sector

Malaysia’s competition watchdog has heard feedback that competition issues – collusion, price fixing, bundling, exclusive distribution and more – exist in the country’s service sector.

27 August 2020

Coronavirus stifles CMA funeral services recommendations

The UK’s competition authority has warned that the nation’s funeral services industry lacks transparency when it comes to price and quality of care, but dropped a proposal to introduce price caps due to the covid-19 pandemic.

13 August 2020

South Africa recommends mandatory notification for certain forestry deals

South Africa's antitrust enforcer has said large vertically integrated forestry companies must notify all acquisitions of plantations, after completing its first-ever study to retrospectively assess the effects of past enforcement decisions.

12 August 2020

Overshadowed but not overlooked, Apple faces gatekeeper questions

Apple may not have attracted as much scrutiny as Amazon, Facebook and Google during last week’s Congressional hearing, but its chief executive was forced to defend the company against allegations it has abused its gatekeeper role to target rival app developers.

03 August 2020

EU targets smart devices in new sector inquiry

The European Commission is examining the consumer “Internet of Things” market, with a particular focus on voice assistants’ role as intermediaries between consumers and their devices.

16 July 2020

Germany studies e-mobility charging sector

Germany’s antitrust enforcer is examining the market for electric vehicle charging stations ahead of a government plan to dramatically boost the sector.

09 July 2020

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