Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

Japan weighs regulating Apple and Google following government study

A special digital markets unit within the Japanese government has suggested regulating Apple and Google to stimulate competition in the mobile ecosystem market after concluding that restrictions on third-party application stores and the pre-installation of apps give the companies a competitive advantage.

27 April 2022

CMA gets heightened enforcement powers

The UK government has given the country’s Competition and Markets Authority beefed-up powers, including a new merger jurisdiction test to capture killer acquisitions and heftier fines for noncompliance with antitrust probes.

20 April 2022

CMA looks to behavioural economics to remedy online platform concerns

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has released a paper identifying concerns arising from dominant technology companies deliberately designing their websites or applications to harm consumers and distort competition.

06 April 2022

OECD recommends comprehensive antitrust reforms in Tunisia

A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on the state of competition enforcement in Tunisia has recommended a revamp of the country's antitrust regime, including significantly increasing the Competition Council’s mandate, powers and resources.

05 April 2022

Mexico opens first-ever digital markets sector inquiry

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog has launched its first-ever sector inquiry into digital markets after successfully convincing a court that the national telecommunications regulator did not have the power to conduct a similar probe.

04 April 2022

EU to evaluate modernisation regulation

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has announced that her agency will launch a review “in the coming months” into “the central plank” of the bloc’s antitrust enforcement framework, which empowers national competition authorities to enforce regional rules.

31 March 2022

Vietnamese survey reveals lack of antitrust knowledge across economy

Vietnam’s competition authority has said it will increase its advocacy efforts to raise awareness of the country's antitrust rules after a survey of small and medium-sized businesses revealed that nearly half are either unaware of the law or don't understand it.

25 March 2022

Dutch court issues first-ever ban on market study publication

A Dutch court has imposed a novel interim injunction blocking the country’s competition enforcer from publishing its market study into healthcare IT systems while a company in that sector challenges its findings.

22 March 2022

Do pricier hospitals deliver better care?

In a study published last month, Yale University professor Zack Cooper and his team of fellow economists concluded that paying more for healthcare services will likely produce better results only in unconcentrated markets. Cooper spoke to GCR USA about his findings and his recommendations to the Federal Trade Commission about antitrust enforcement in the healthcare sector.

14 March 2022

Taiwanese enforcer: “vertical collusion” should fall within cartel provisions

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has recommended amending the country’s antitrust law to explicitly include vertical collusion as a form of cartel conduct following a year-long investigation into the digital economy.

11 March 2022

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