EU: Watchdog to decide on IBM’s US$34B Red Hat bid by June 27

EU: Watchdog to decide on IBM’s US$34B Red Hat bid by June 27

EU antitrust regulators will decide by June 27 whether to clear US tech giant International Business Machines Corp’s US$34 billion bid for software company Red Hat. The deal, IBM’s biggest, will help the company expand into subscription-based software offerings. IBM announced on Tuesday, May 21, it had sought EU approval the previous day. The European […]

Norway: Finance Minister calls for Tech Giants crackdown

Norway: Finance Minister calls for Tech Giants crackdown

Norway’s Finance Minister Siv Jensen called for broader international cooperation to end monopolies of global technology giants that can overcharge consumers, reported Bloomberg. While attending the International Monetary Fund’s spring meetings in Washington this past week, Jensen drew attention to the market power of the biggest tech companies and their fiscal footprints in countries where […]

Leave, Remain & Common Ground: Pragmatism in Dealing with Tech Giants

Leave, Remain & Common Ground: Pragmatism in Dealing with Tech Giants

April 2019 CPI Europe Column edited by Anna Tzanaki (Competition Policy International) & Juan Delgado (Global Economics Group) presents: Leave, Remain & Common Ground: Pragmatism in Dealing with Tech Giants By Philip Marsden (College of Europe)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   In the last few years, a popular narrative is that the sky is […]

EU: Angela Merkel’s call for EU tech reform

EU: Angela Merkel’s call for EU tech reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Sunday, March 31, in a speech to mark the opening of the Hannover Messe that the EU needed to become more competitive in next-generation industrial technologies, reported the Deutsche World. “I’m not entirely sure if we have the foundation necessary for us to compete globally,” she said, adding that “Europeans […]

US: FTC launches Task Force to monitor technology markets

US: FTC launches Task Force to monitor technology markets

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition announced the creation of a task force dedicated to monitoring competition in US technology markets, investigating any potential anticompetitive conduct in those markets, and taking enforcement actions when warranted. To create the Technology Task Force, the Bureau of Competition will draw upon existing staff and expertise to enhance […]

EU: Merkel wants Europe Mergers to develop “Global Players” in tech

EU: Merkel wants Europe Mergers to develop “Global Players” in tech

Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an acceleration in corporate mergers in Europe to help the continent better compete with Asia and the US in areas including chip production, artificial intelligence, and battery technology. “I think that we will have mergers,” Merkel said at a meeting with voters in the western Germany city of Trier on […]

Android – Is There a Viable Monopolization Case?

Posted by Social Science Research Network Android – Is There a Viable Monopolization Case? By Stephen Houck This paper considers the viability of a Sherman Act § 2 enforcement action in respect of Google’s Android operating system. It discusses the applicability of the D.C. Circuit’s 2001 Microsoft opinion in which Microsoft was found to have engaged […]

A Comparative Analysis of the Use of Merger Remedies in Technology Industries

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Kellie Kemp, Scott Sher, Dec 16, 2014 Antitrust regulators reviewing technology mergers frequently are confronted with complicated issues related to remedies. Indeed, merger remedies in technology markets often involve regulation of the merging parties’ post-merger conduct as opposed to so-called “structural” remedies such […]