Margin Squeeze – Where Competition Law and Sector Regulation Compete

Posted by Social Science Research Network Margin Squeeze – Where Competition Law and Sector Regulation Compete By Friso Bostoen (KU Leuven) Abstract:     This paper discusses abusive pricing practices by dominant undertakings. It starts with an overview of the different ways an undertaking can abuse its dominant position through pricing (chapter 2). The focus of […]

EU: Apple says Brussels made ‘fundamental errors’ in its €13bn Irish tax bill

Apple has claimed that the European Commission made “fundamental errors” when it ruled last year that the company owed Ireland 13 billion euros ($13.7 billion) in unpaid taxes plus interest. Apple appealed the commission’s decision in December, but on Monday the company published a piece in the Official Journal of the European Union detailing 14 […]

EU: LSE and Deutsche Börse to offer even more more concessions in merger

Deutsche Börse and the London Stock Exchange Group are set to offer Brussels further concessions from their fixed-income clearing businesses to persuade antitrust watchdogs to approve their merger to create Europe’s largest exchanges operator. This month the two sides put forward a narrow offer of concessions, which solely involved the sale of the LSE’s French […]

Changing Times? The Outlook For Antitrust Enforcement In The EU And The U.S.

Changing Times? The Outlook For Antitrust Enforcement In The EU And The U.S.

By Rachel Brandenburger, Logan Breed, Helen Bignall & Paul Castlo – This article considers the outlook for antitrust enforcement in the EU and the U.S. in the next few years, and how Brexit and the new U.S. administration under President Trump could impact that outlook. Antitrust policy and enforcement faces extraordinary challenges and uncertainties in […]

Brexit And Its Impact On English Antitrust Claims

Brexit And Its Impact On English Antitrust Claims

By Kenny Henderson – In Theresa May’s memorable words, “Brexit means Brexit.” But what does this mean for England’s status as a favored jurisdiction for antitrust damages claims? The impact of Brexit on antitrust litigation in England will be influenced by the form of Brexit that the UK eventually adopts. Post hard Brexit, the cause […]

U.S. / EU Antitrust Friction In The Time Of Brexit: Toward A Rosier Scenario?

U.S. / EU Antitrust Friction In The Time Of Brexit: Toward A Rosier Scenario?

By Tad Lipsky – Although U.S. and EU antitrust rules share many elements, their historical roots are distinct and a variety of important tensions and inconsistencies persist between the two systems. Firms with operations in both jurisdictions are typically required to follow different legal advice and to operate differently in each. In many circumstances such firms […]

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 […]

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 […]

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