Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

Ofcom considers possible antitrust probe over broadband discount plan

The UK’s communications regulator is collecting evidence for a possible antitrust probe into a BT subsidiary’s plan to lower wholesale pricing for fibre broadband services, despite provisionally concluding that the latest price changes do not restrict competition.

03 February 2023

Sweden launches electric charging market study

The Swedish Competition Authority has opened a sector inquiry into the electric vehicle charging market to establish if some municipalities and a state-owned energy provider prevented new rivals from entering the market.

02 February 2023

Commerce Department calls for action against app stores

The department responsible for advising the White House on telecommunications policy has urged Congress to pass legislation that would limit Apple’s and Google’s control over their respective app stores.

02 February 2023

Argentina confirms limited access to market study files

Argentina’s National Commission for Competition Defence has published its first guidelines on market investigations, clarifying that companies cannot access files compiled during sectoral studies.

24 January 2023

Norwegian government signals supermarket price-fixing concerns

Norway’s trade minister reportedly wants the country’s competition watchdog to check whether supermarket chains have colluded to raise prices by announcing planned hikes through local media.

13 January 2023

FTC committed to Robinson-Patman reactivation with Pepsi/Coke probe

The Federal Trade Commission’s probe into how Coca-Cola and PepsiCo price their beverages highlights its commitment to embracing overlooked enforcement tools, several antitrust practitioners have said.

13 January 2023

Brazil, Sweden and Poland open fuel pricing investigations

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has opened a preliminary probe into a suspected fuel resale cartel, as enforcers in Sweden and Poland have launched market inquiries into rising fuel prices.

09 January 2023

Greek market study reveals “inherent weaknesses” in fintech sector

Greece’s Competition Commission has identified weaknesses in the country’s growing financial technology market that could allow large and more established technology companies to exploit their access to data and foreclose start-ups.

04 January 2023

Turkey hits Coca-Cola, Haribo with hub-and-spoke fines

Turkey’s Competition Authority has fined 13 major food and beverage companies over €44 million for both a hub-and-spoke cartel and resale price maintenance, while five supermarket chains escaped penalties under double jeopardy rules.

03 January 2023

How Big Tech could change the UK financial services sector

Big Tech is uniquely placed to introduce welcome competition to the financial services sector, disrupting incumbents and benefitting consumers across the financial ecosystem. Yet, linked to concerns about tipping effects in digital markets, regulators worry about the potential for these companies to rapidly scale up and potentially exploit market power. Linklaters partner Jonathan Ford and senior associate Simon Treacy explore the UK financial regulator’s initial thoughts on the convergence.

21 December 2022

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