Update

Andres Acevedo today practices law through Afirm Advokat ABYou can reach him on andres@afirm.law or +46705276266. The blogposts are kept available for archival reasons.

Dominance

Big tech kill zones explained

Have the American tech giants created kill zones to protect themselves against threatening startups? Why are regulators all over the world calling for reform of antitrust and competition laws? That’s what this video is all about.

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Guide

3 aspects of SPAC transactions to keep in mind

Rampant speculation? A lousy deal for investors? The most risk-balanced investment option out there? Opinions on SPACs differ. In this video, I explain what a SPAC is and discuss 3 competition law aspects of SPAC transactions to keep in mind.

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Dominance

The Swedish underenforcement problem

I believe that underenforcement is a real problem in Swedish competition law. In a brief video, I explain why this is important and I explain how a new bill could take a few steps to solve this problem.

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Merger control

Feeding the merger control arms race

Has EU merger control turned into an ever-escalating arms race between the Commission and merging parties? I believe it has. Last month the General Court handed down a decision that may further feed this arms race. Here are a few thoughts and 4 questions to think about.

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Book review

The competition safety instructions we need to remember

If I had to choose between being alive today, or at any previous time in history, I would choose today. Thanks to the technological developments of the last 200 years, today is a fantastic time to be alive. Would these developments have been possible without free market competition? Probably not. Competition is a great tool that has served us well. But, like any tool, it can end up doing more harm than good if we disregard its safety instructions or use it beyond its intended purposes.

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Dominance

Competition law complaints in the re-regulated Swedish gambling industry

In wake of the recent re-regulations of the Swedish gambling industry,  three competition law complaints relating to this industry landed on the Swedish Competition Authority’s (the “SCA”) desk. The SCA has now dropped all three of these cases. In this post I summarise these three complaints and conclude with a few observations.

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Dominance

The FTI case: 3 things to discuss

I will be honest. The FTI recycling case does not involve the most exciting markets on this planet. But bare with me, because the case does provide us with a good opportunity to discuss whether the effective application of competition law in Sweden is being jeopardised by the Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal’s relentless track record of rejecting complaints. In this post, I go through 3 questions that came to mind reading the FTI recycling case.

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Merger control

4 critical questions Swedish competition lawyers should be discussing

A couple of questions struck me as I read the Swedish Competition Authority’s clearance decisions for the retail food merger Coop/Netto and the TV production merger NEP/HDR. One question is whether we have entered an era of lenient Swedish merger control. Another is whether it is time to introduce a possibility for third parties to appeal clearance decisions. In this post I discuss Coop/Netto and NEP/HDR and then raise a few questions on the state of Swedish merger control.

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