Last week, the European Commission received a merger notification concerning the takeover of the Germany-based market research company GfK by NielsenIQ. Apart from the fact that these two companies are well known in the antitrust community for the market data they provide, one might wonder why the case makes it into our blog (which is … Continue reading Pull & Refile
Author: Timo Angerbauer
How to explain the basic idea of antitrust
Last week I gave a presentation on antitrust trainings in an expert session (yes, I like the topic, see also my previous blog). One participant pointed out that one should catch people with antitrust examples from their everyday life to explain the general idea behind antitrust laws and why antitrust matters (and is of course … Continue reading How to explain the basic idea of antitrust
Does antitrust law set limits to wings?
I must admit I am a huge fan of energy drinks. In case I really need to stay awake and focused, I tend to drink them already for breakfast, which some people in my immediate environment find a little peculiar. However, maybe that is why I took notice when news of a dawn raid at … Continue reading Does antitrust law set limits to wings?
The complexity of assessing potential competition
The question of whether two companies are potential competitors is key for the antitrust assessment of agreements and cooperations between those companies. While the assessment of potential competition is often not straightforward, the question has significant practical implications – not least with a view to the transformation in many industries and the corresponding number of … Continue reading The complexity of assessing potential competition
A regulatory nightmare?
Today we are deviating from our usual pattern. Instead of dealing with a current case or political developments, I want to tell a short fictional story (roughly comparable to the ones I read to my children in the evening). The story has it all: a long-standing business relationship, great expectations and surprising twists. Once upon … Continue reading A regulatory nightmare?
A history of challenging big tech – Part III: The Internet Explorer and a (technical) mistake
As our readers now, we have a series about the history of challenging big tech in which we have so far dealt with Microsoft’s interoperability and Media Player case and the Intel case. This post continues the series with another Microsoft case whose origins date back to a time when many other tech companies were … Continue reading A history of challenging big tech – Part III: The Internet Explorer and a (technical) mistake
Are crutches getting cheaper?
Europe's population is not only getting older, people are also staying active in sports for longer and longer. To make this possible, but also to deal with injuries resulting from sporting activities and other physical handicaps (which also affect people even younger than me), there are numerous medical aids – which some might perceive as … Continue reading Are crutches getting cheaper?
The 2022 cash balance of the European Commission
In the past, the European Commission has often made significant contributions to the EU budget through its fines. This post examines whether that was also the case last year and takes a brief look at the decisions that had a significant impact on the European Commission's cash position. Fines imposed in 2022 In … Continue reading The 2022 cash balance of the European Commission
Christmas and antitrust
It is this time of the year again: When you wander around Christmas markets, you can smell mulled wine and Christmas cookies everywhere, people are doing their (final) gift shopping, the company is coming together for the last party of the year (in some cases for the first time after the Covid break), and Last … Continue reading Christmas and antitrust
The end of Swiss neutrality?
When people talk about Switzerland these days, they usually talk about FIFA, whose headquarters are in Zurich. Although there are many topics one could write about when it comes to FIFA, even in relation to antitrust law, this post does not deal with football, but with an area where Swiss and German cooperation is about … Continue reading The end of Swiss neutrality?