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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 67

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

Here below you find the most read articles on CompetitionFeed over the last week.


Vestager prepares to pass digital baton to her successor

Vestager followed Joaquín Almunia’s mission statement and is now looking to set one for her successor. Read More.


Concerns on Siemens Alstom rail deal

The ACCC has expressed preliminary concerns about the proposed merger of Siemens A.G.’s (Siemens) Mobility Division with Alstom S.A. (Alstom), which are detailed in a Statement of Issues published today. Read More.


Kirsi Leivo began as the Director General of the FCCA

Master of Laws, LL.M. Kirsi Leivo begins today as the Director General of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). Kirsi Leivo succeeds Juhani Jokinen, who retired from the post. A Director General’s terms is five years. Read More.

European Commission

Commission clears Apple's acquisition of Shazam

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple. The Commission concluded that the merger would not adversely affect competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it. Read More.


Win in Ping golf clubs case sends clear online retail signal

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has upheld the CMA’s decision that Ping Europe Ltd broke the law by banning the online sale of its golf clubs. Read More.

Portuguese Competition Authority

AdC issues Statement of Objections to EDP Produção for abuse of dominance

The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência – AdC) issued a Statement of Objections against EDP – Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A. (EDP Produção) for abuse of dominance in the market, a practice that led to price increases in electricity paid by Portuguese consumers. Read More.

CoRe Blog

New momentum for abandoning the 50+1 rule of the German Bundesliga?

With regard to the German Bundesliga, the old issue of club-ownership has come back into focus over the summer when the Deutsche Fußball Liga (‘DFL’ – German Football League) asked the Bundeskartellamt to examine the legitimacy of the infamous ‘50+1’ rule of German Football Club ownership (see here; in German). This post will give an overview of the 50+1 rule and comment on some possible issues which may arise in the competition law analysis of the Bundeskartellamt. Read More.


Why Google Fiber Is High-Speed Internet’s Most Successful Failure

In 2010, Google rocked the $60 billion broadband industry by announcing plans to deploy fiber-based home internet service, offering connections up to a gigabit per second — 100 times faster than average speeds at the time. Read More.

Journal of Competition Law & Economics


Joseph Bromfield and Matthew Olczak
The maverick firm concept recognizes the fact that certain firms may be inherently different from their rivals. This paper provides evidence on the use of this concept in European Commission merger decisions. Read More.

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