The Emerging High-Court Jurisprudence On The Antitrust Analysis Of Multisided Platforms

The Emerging High-Court Jurisprudence On The Antitrust Analysis Of Multisided Platforms

By David S. Evans – Between September 2014 and September 2016 high courts in multiple jurisdictions released five decisions that address applying competition law to matchmakers that operate virtual or physical platforms for connecting multiple groups of customers. The decisions rely, directly or indirectly, on the economic literature on multisided platforms that commenced around 2000. The […]

Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico

Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico

By Martin E. Cave & Ernesto Flores-Roux – The degree to which digitization has penetrated most sectors of the economy makes it extremely difficult to quantify its reach. Can we clearly separate brick and mortar business and digital activity? Can we isolate digital advances in typical technological industries from those that apply in less affected industries? […]

Antitrust Chronicle – Competition in Digital Markets

Antitrust Chronicle – Competition in Digital Markets

At the beginning of 2017, the Antitrust Chronicle brings you an in-depth look at Competition and Big Data in Digital Markets. There is much hype surrounding big data, but does it simply offer operational advantages, or can it provide long-run sustainable competitive advantage, protecting a firm from competition? This month’s edition of the Antitrust Chronicle, […]

Android, iOS And Market Power – What Does Mobile Platform Competition Really Look Like?

Android, iOS And Market Power – What Does Mobile Platform Competition Really Look Like?

By Jakob Kucharczyk – The European Commission’s competition investigation into Google’s Android mobile operating system (“OS”) has raised a lot of attention and commentary. So far most comments focused on the “abuse” part of that investigation. While the issue of “abuse” is arguably the more interesting part in most Article 102 cases, the finding of […]

Google, Mobile And Competition: The Current State Of Play

Google, Mobile And Competition: The Current State Of Play

By Benjamin Edelman – Google’s widely-used Android operating system is open source software. Any developer who wishes to examine the source code can download it in full. Any device manufacturer that wishes to install “bare Android” can do so free of any Google apps whatsoever, and subject to minimal restrictions and few obligations to Google or […]

Can Big Data Protect A Firm From Competition?

Can Big Data Protect A Firm From Competition?

By Anja Lambrecht & Catherine E. Tucker – This article looks at big data through the lens of a classic framework called the “resource-based view of the firm.” This framework states that, for big data to provide competitive advantage, it has to be inimitable, rare, valuable and non-substitutable. On deeper analysis, big data is not […]

Enforcement In Digital Markets

Enforcement In Digital Markets

By Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch- Andreas Mundt, president of the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”), recently emphasized the important role of competition authorities in tackling antitrust concerns related to digital markets. The FCO has been at the forefront of competition law enforcement in Europe when it comes to the digital economy. It is fair to […]

Big Data, Privacy And Competition Law: Do Competition Authorities Know How To Do It?

Big Data, Privacy And Competition Law: Do Competition Authorities Know How To Do It?

By Alfonso Lamadrid & Sam Villiers – According to Prof. Dan Ariely “Big data is like teenage sex; everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.”Recent moves suggest an evolution in the thinking of competition authorities. Is competition […]

The Good, Bad And Ugly In Competition Law Enforcement: Observations From The Technology Sector

The Good, Bad And Ugly In Competition Law Enforcement: Observations From The Technology Sector

By Timothy Cowen & Stephen Dnes – This article identifies what works well in competition law enforcement, and what drives and distinguishes good performance from less desirable outcomes. To do so, it analyses the application of competition law to technology and communications markets. This choice of focus reflects particularly pronounced issues that have arisen in relation […]

Geo-Blocking Between Competition Law And Regulation

Geo-Blocking Between Competition Law And Regulation

By Giorgio Monti & Gonçalo Coelho – The Digital Agenda is one of the key pillars of the EU’s industrial policy. One of its aims is to strengthen the creation of a single market and one of the issues that the Commission proposes to tackle is geo-blocking. This article outlines the Commission’s regulatory efforts to enhance […]