Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

Romanian enforcer suggests restricting fuel price increases

In an attempt to prevent parallel pricing tactics, Romania’s competition authority has urged the country’s parliament to ban fuel stations from raising their prices outside of set times.

10 July 2019

UK launches new digital strategy and market study

The new digital strategy at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority includes scaling up its data unit, considering regulation, reviewing whether acquisitions by dominant players require closer scrutiny, and delivering a market study into online platforms and digital advertising.

04 July 2019

Portugal joins data and algorithms debate

Portugal’s Competition Authority has warned that using algorithms to monitor and set prices could give rise to several anticompetitive practices, including discriminatory pricing and tacit collusion.

02 July 2019

CMA imposes pension scheme reforms

The UK’s competition enforcer has issued a legally binding order to help improve competition in the investment consultancy and the fiduciary management markets, following its market inquiry into the sector.

10 June 2019

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

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