Five Years of Activity in a Priority Sector: The European Commission’s Report on Competition Enforcement in the Pharmaceutical Sector (2018-2022)

The European Commission (“Commission“) has published a comprehensive report showcasing the strengthening of antitrust and merger control enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector in the EU over the last five years (2018-2022). The report, produced by the Commission in cooperation with the 27 national competition authorities (“NCAs“), builds on the previous report covering the period 2009-2017, … Read more

A year in market studies

Market studies are one of the key tools available to the CMA and sector regulators (such as the Office for Rail and Road (ORR) and the Office for Communications (Ofcom)) to assess whether markets are functioning competitively and producing good outcomes for consumers. This year we have seen a prevalence of these studies, in particular … Read more

Reform of German ARC – A paradigm shift?

The German Parliament has passed the 11th reform of the German Act against restraints of competition (ARC). The reform will take effect soon and has three major components: The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) is granted the power to implement behavioural or structural measures if a market investigation reveals a “significant and continuous disruption of competition” … Read more

Wide ranging reforms to UK competition and consumer protection regimes unveiled

On 20 April 2022 the UK government published its response to the consultation launched in July 2021, proposing a wide range of far-reaching changes to the UK competition and consumer protection regimes (see our blog post on the consultation here). Taking into account the feedback received from stakeholders on the various proposals, the government has … Read more

The European Commission publishes final report on consumer Internet of Things sector inquiry

On 20 January 2022 the European Commission (“Commission“) published its final report on the consumer Internet of Things (“IoT“) sector inquiry, largely confirming its preliminary findings issued in July 2021. These include concerns around high market entry barriers, the influence on the market of a small number of vertically integrated players, and issues around access … Read more

CMA launches market study into the electric vehicle charging sector in the UK

The CMA has today (2 December 2020) launched a market study into the electric vehicle charging sector in the UK. The study will consider two broad themes: how to develop a competitive sector while also attracting private investment to help the sector grow; how to ensure people using electric vehicle chargepoints have confidence that they … Read more

UK Government endorses the CMA’s recommendations for pro-competitive measures in online platforms and digital advertising

On 27 November 2020, the UK Government published its response to the CMA’s recommendations set out in its final report of its market study into online platforms and digital advertising (the “Final Report”). The Government broadly endorses the CMA’s recommendations, though it identifies the need for further evidence and analysis before granting the full scope … Read more

Online Platforms and Digital Advertising – the CMA’s market study final report

In July 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published its market study final report “Online platforms and digital advertising” (“Report”) (see the Report here). The Report includes significant recommendations on the future regulation of platforms funded by digital advertising, with the CMA calling for the adoption of new UK legislation to provide for additional regulatory … Read more