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Financial regulators need “competition champion”, Australian report says

In a damning report that criticises the lack of competition in the financial services sector, an Australian governmental research body has recommended that the country’s antitrust watchdog lead reform of the industry.

07 August 2018

UK hires US expert to review digital competition

The UK government has appointed former US presidential economic advisor Jason Furman to lead an expert panel on digital competition, which may complement the Competition and Markets Authority’s new data unit that is set to launch this month.

03 August 2018

UK regulator scrutinises Visa and Mastercard payment services

The UK’s Payment Systems Regulator has launched a market inquiry into card payment services because it is concerned that acquirers are taking advantage of merchants by not passing on interchange fee savings.

25 July 2018

Netherlands to study mobile phone app market

Google’s and Apple’s relations with third-party application providers will be subject to scrutiny in a broad new study by the Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers & Markets of the mobile app sector.

25 July 2018

CMA calls for pension scheme reforms

A report by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority contains provisional findings from its investment consultancy and fiduciary management sector inquiry, which suggests mandating that pension trustees tender for the job of fiduciary manager before acquiring one.

18 July 2018

Digital regulation and pricing may harm competition, German policy advisor warns

Germany's Monopolies Commission has said the constantly evolving digital marketplace may have led to overregulated media and platforms – as well as a need to watch out for pricing algorithms that enable collusion.

06 July 2018

Japan scrutinises mobile sector

Japan’s competition authority has criticised the country’s mobile network operators for imposing high contract cancellation fees and hindering the entry of mobile virtual network operators into the market.

29 June 2018

Platform regulation should not come solely from antitrust, House of Lords told

Legal academics have said that competition authority intervention into digital marketplaces may have unintended consequences for innovation and data protection, and that the House of Lords should promote collaboration among agencies to address concerns about platform dominance.

26 June 2018

France and Germany team up to study algorithms

Two of Europe’s biggest antitrust enforcers have joined together to launch a project looking into algorithms and their “potential” anticompetitive effects.

19 June 2018

Netherlands studies ad revenue models

The Dutch competition authority has launched an inquiry into revenue models in the media sector, to determine whether digitalisation has created one mass media market that includes new platforms such as Spotify and YouTube, or whether the market consists of more traditional fragmented segments.

15 June 2018

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