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  • Competition policies in a changing political environment

    Future trends in competition law and enforcement have  to take account of the current shift in the focus of economic activity, and the law enforcement which accompanies it, away from the longstanding dominance of the US and Europe towards a more multipolar environment with a growing influence of emerging countries, and in particular of Asian…

  • Key Business Developments on the EU Antitrust Scene

    During the Commission’s summer break we bring together some developments on the EU antitrust scene, which have the potential to affect the way companies do business in the EU. The first concerns the Coty case, which reopened the discussion around possible harmful free-riding effects of selling over through third party platforms. Second, given the press…

  • Flexible Thresholds for European Merger Control…And More?

    Sir Philip Lowe hosted the breakfast round-table that FTI Consulting organised in Brussels on 13 September 2016 with the theme “Flexible Thresholds for European Merger Control…and more?”. We were privileged to be joined for the discussion by Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director-General for Mergers at the European Commission who provided us with his insights. A…

  • The E-Commerce Sector Inquiry At A Glance

    Earlier this month, the European Commission published the preliminary findings of its e-commerce sector inquiry launched in May 2015 as part of its Digital Single Market strategy. The objective of the sector inquiry was to obtain an understanding of the market and to gather evidence on potential barriers to competition linked to the growth of…

  • Moving With the Times: EU Merger Rules Review Process To Start In the Fall

    As mergers involving big data hit the headlines, the European Commission (EC) has decided to take action by initiating the process to review its merger review rules. A 12 week consultation is to be opened in September to seek views on whether the EC’s current EU merger rules need to be revised. This follows concerns…

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