July 2018 CPI Europe Column edited by Anna Tzanaki (Competition Policy International) & Juan Delgado (Global Economics Group) presents: New merger control guidelines for transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany By Dr. Martin Sauermann, CFA (Bundeskartellamt)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article Introduction How to best cope with the digital economy is an […]
Molseley, the world’s largest plumbing supplies company, plans to spin off its Swiss business into a joint venture that it hopes will become an industry powerhouse. The FTSE 100 company has agreed to merge Tobler – its Swiss unit, which supplies equipment such as radiators, boilers and toilets – with local company Walter Meier, which […]
Interview with Frederic Jenny – Professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris and Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee.
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 […]
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 […]
By Maikel Van Wissen & Lodewick Prompers – The role that big data plays in the financial services industry is changing at a rapid pace. Data is no longer a lump of facts but rather a vibrant source of insight leading to innovative products and better business decisions.As a result, big data is transforming the processes […]
By Christopher S. Yoo – Over the course of the last year, regulatory interest in network neutrality has intensified. This analysis suggests the need to understand the trade offs inherent in any decision to standardize around any particular design and to appreciate that any such standardization can have hidden costs. Only by framing standardization as a […]
By Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch – The German Federal Cartel Office caused quite a stir, not only among antitrust lawyers, when it recently announced that it had opened an investigation against Facebook based on the allegation of abuse of dominance. This article addresses three questions at the heart of the proceedings which will shape the future […]
In this issue CPI interviews Andreas Mundt about the recent report on Market Power in the Digital Markets, the joint report with the French Competition Authority on Big Data, the ongoing Facebook investigation and more.
By Lilly Fiedler & Nicholas Frey – This article discusses the state of the law and the increased regulatory interest in price signaling. The authors consider the recent proposed “soft resolution” of alleged price signaling conduct in relation to container shipping at the EU level and the conclusions that can be drawn from recent price signaling investigations by the German Federal Cartel Office and […]