Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

UK report proposes dawn raids in merger control

An expert report commissioned by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has suggested revising merger control rules to combat underenforcement in the digital sector on deals such as Facebook/Instagram and Google/Waze.

04 June 2019

Enforcer overreached sector regulator on airport, rules Mexican court

Mexico’s antitrust enforcer overstepped its jurisdiction in its first-ever market inquiry by forcing an airport to redistribute unused take-off and landing slots, a court has held.

15 May 2019

Spain adds to list of online advertising probes

Spain’s competition watchdog has become the latest European enforcer to launch a study into the competitiveness of online advertising.

26 April 2019

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has recommended that the Big Four accountancy firms separate their auditing and consulting operations but stopped short of calling for a legal carve-up of their businesses.

18 April 2019

EU digital report: lawyers react

Some antitrust practitioners have said the authors of an expert report on the EU’s digital competition policy failed to appreciate the enormity and complexity of their recommendations – particularly when requiring access to data as a remedy.

05 April 2019

Expert report highlights flaws in EU digital competition policy

An expert panel has advised the European Commission that competition policy should adapt to the digital economy by considering new theories of harm, prioritising innovation and requiring interoperability and access to data as a remedy.

04 April 2019

UK report calls for full break-up of Big Four auditors

A UK governmental committee has gone beyond the competition enforcer to recommend the top four accountancy firms legally sever their auditing business from other activities, undertake joint audits and limit their number of audits, to promote competition in the “unhealthy” sector.

02 April 2019

Market study remedies pose challenges, say Australian and French enforcers

The heads of the competition agencies in France and Australia would not welcome the power to impose remedies after conducting market studies because doing so would present several challenges.

28 March 2019

Retail food inquiry finds no anticompetitive conduct

Luxembourg’s competition enforcer has published its retail food sector inquiry report, three years after it concluded its review of the market.

08 February 2019

UK court refuses interim relief for grocery retailer

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused a request by discount retailer B&M European Value Retail to suspend its designation as a grocery retailer that must comply with a specific supplier code of practice.

06 February 2019

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