The rise and rise of Big Tech is redefining our notions of consumer welfare and personal integrity. Big Tech has created markets where we–instead of using our money to buy products and services–are using our personal integrity to become the product and become the service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last year was an eventful and exciting year, not only for me personally, but also for Swedish competition law. In this post I summarise what you need to know from Swedish competition law 2019 in 13 points, covering the stats, key cases, trends and take-aways. All in one place.
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.