Corporate & Commercial

When tickets for Taylor Swift’s latest tour went on sale in November, Ticketmaster was overwhelmed by forces inside and outside of its control, which resulted in a ticketing fiasco. Looking for reasons, many seized upon Ticketmaster’s market power in ticketing and the broader live music industry, especially after its 2010 merger with Live Nation. As FTC Chair Lina Khan quipped,

At the end of June 2022, the yearly conference of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA) took place in Porto. In between panels of what is perhaps the most important antitrust conference of the year, Kay and Friso caught up with some fellow academics. They talked to Magali Eben about collegiality in the competition law community, with Francesco Ducci

The European Commission’s cases against Microsoft in the 2000s set the framework for the assessment of abusive conduct related to product integration and interoperability, and Microsoft became the first “big tech” company with direct experience of the power of antitrust enforcers. In this episode we explore how Microsoft adapted its conduct in light of the imposed remedies and their continuous

Depending on the day of the week, Microsoft is the most valuable company in the world, or at least in the top 5. It’s one of GAFAM, the five “big tech” companies presumptively labeled as “digital gatekeepers” to which new ex-ante antitrust rules will apply under the EU’s forthcoming Digital Markets Act. Founded in 1975, it’s the oldest of the

In May 2020, Facebook (now Meta) acquired the gif library GIPHY. The UK’s competition authority (the CMA) started investigating the merger and finally, in November 2021, ordered Facebook to sell GIPHY again. In this episode, we examine the CMA’s merger control assessment and the more interventionist approach to digital markets it exemplifies (Recorded 27 January 2022)
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In this episode, we dive into Google’s latest antitrust commitments in Europe. In June, we saw commitment decisions on Google’s ad-tech stack and its planned ‘Privacy Sandbox’ (under French and UK competition authorities’ oversight) as well as voluntary changes to the Android choice screen (overseen by the European Commission since 2018). We examine what this less adversarial approach from Google

In this episode, we wrap up our 3-part introduction on the EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA), with a critical look at defenses and differences with traditional antitrust, the potential to harmonise national rules for platform conduct, and possible consequences of the DMA as proposed.

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