Tag: economic analysis

Expert Q&A on Vertical Merger Enforcement

Expert Economist Andy Parkinson participated in a Q&A with Financier Worldwide, joining lawyers from Baker Botts, Hogan Lovells, and Latham & Watkins LLP, providing a UK and EU perspective on recent developments in vertical merger enforcement. Could you provide an overview of how vertical mergers are generally treated for antitrust enforcement purposes? Parkinson: Most vertical … Continued

The Economic Risks Posed By “Zombie” Firms

Expert Economist Jorge Padilla discussed the risks that zombie firms pose to the economy and what could be done about them on a panel with speakers from the European Commission, the European University Institute, the French Competition Authority, Cleary Gottlieb, and ELIG Gürkaynak at the New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference organized by Concurrences.

Remedies: Design, Implementation & Revision

Kirsten Edwards-Warren joined speakers from the European Commission, the UK Competition & Markets Authority, the French Competition Authority, and the South African Competition Commission on a panel at the 2021 International Mergers Conference, organized by University College London and Concurrences. Kirsten noted that the percentage of cases resulting in remedies is consistent over time. It … Continued

Expert Opinion: Analyzing European Commission Merger Decisions

Read the Expert Opinion by Rashid Muhamedrahimov and Andrew Tuffin Merger regulators exist to prevent mergers and acquisitions that would substantially harm competition. In performing their duties, two key issues arise: accuracy and speed. In each case, the decision-making process matters. Decisions need to be thorough, well-reasoned, and well evidenced. A regulator that errs in … Continued

The new regime for digital competition in Europe – who is the gatekeeper?

By John Davies, Justin Coombs, and Rameet Sangha The growth of the ‘internet giants’ has led to calls for increased antitrust (competition law) enforcement the world over. Some believe that existing laws and mechanisms are sufficient; others argue that the large digital platforms – particularly the GAFA firms Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon – create … Continued

Competition between ad-funded digital platforms: Could merging platforms harm consumers, even if they offer free services?

Competition between digital platforms funded by advertisements (“ad-funded platforms”) is a hotly debated topic in both academic and policy-making circles. In particular, how does a lack of competition affect consumers of free services? Competition Authorities commonly analyze changes in consumer prices to assess whether a merger might harm consumers. But those analytic tools break down … Continued

The Law and Economics of Article 102 TFEU – Third Edition

Jorge Padilla of Compass Lexecon co-authors, with Robert O’Donoghue of Brick Court Chambers, the third edition of this book which examines the legal and economic principles that underpin the application of Article 102 TFEU to the behavior of dominant firms.