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The Antitrust Enforcement Symposium

Hans W. Friederiszick gave a presentation at the Antitrust Enforcement seminar in Oxford. He presented most recent figures on private litigation activity in Europe, specifically exploring the recent trend towards early settlements (based on joint work with Michael Rauber from E.CA).

View the programme of the Symposium here.

Presentation at the Berliner Gesprächskreis/UKSALA Roundtable

Vincent Verouden presented at the conference “Latest Developments in State Aid Law as they affect the United Kingdom and Germany” organized by the UK State Aid Law Association (UKSALA) and the Berlin Round Table on EU State Aid Law (Berlin, June 24th, 2016). He talked about the application of economic analysis in state aid control, both in the design of the rules and in individual cases.

His presentation can be found here.

New article on Remunicipalization and Competition in the Waste management Industry

Hans W. Friederiszick, Steffen Reinhold and Juri Demuth published an article on remunicipalization and competition in the waste management industry. It describes trends and motives for remunicipalization and discusses implications for competition policy.

The article is available here.

New article published on Multiple rounds in a chain store game

Rainer Nitsche published a technical article on multimarket firms and predation showing that the incentive to predate depends on the number of markets where entry may be expected.

The final publication is available at
E.CA Competition Law & Economics Expert Forum

4th E.CA Competition Law & Economics Expert Forum

15 April in Berlin organized together with ESMT

This conference offers insights into recent developments in competition law and economics, from both a German and a European perspective. The sessions will address practitioners, enforcers and academics from the legal and economic fields. This year, the Expert Forum focuses on the ex-post evaluation of competition enforcement, private litigation, the interaction between competition policy and innovation, and Internet economics.

View the programme of the Expert Forum here.

More information on the event here.

Competition policy in modern retail markets

Hans W. Friederiszick and Ela Glowicka published an article on the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement. The article maps out the alignment of characteristics of products targeted by recent antitrust enforcement in Europe with the likelihood of free-rider effects taking place. Specifically in the case of products with search and experience characteristics, intensive enforcement activity despite prevalent free-riders were found.

The publication can be found here.

Hidden Efficiencies: The Relevance of Business Justifications in Abuse of Dominance Cases

Hans W. Friederiszick and Linda Gratz published an article in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics.

This article assesses the relevance of efficiencies and other justifications in recent Article 102 TFEU cases. Based on a review of all EU decisions and openings between 2009 and mid-2013, we find that procompetitive justifications still play an unsatisfactory role in the EU Commission’s evaluations, except in IT-related abuse cases. This stands in contrast to the policy goals expressed during the reform phase (from 2005 to 2009), the Guidance Paper, and the increasing relevance of efficiency considerations in merger proceedings. We argue that this development is due to a malfunctioning of the balancing test—that is, the weighting of pro- and anticompetitive effects, as pro- and anticompetitive effects are often non-separable and non-monotone in Article 102 TFEU cases. Policy options are discussed, and it is argued that a fully integrated analysis is the only policy option fully addressing the problem.


E.CA Expert Forum on Digital Dominance


3rd E.CA Competition Law and Economics Expert Forum

8 May 2015 in Brussels

This half day conference on Digital Dominance focused on “How to deal with Internet giants”.
It offered an overview of and insight into recent developments in competition law and economics in the digital economy. The focus was on the emerging market power of large Internet-based platforms in media, search and online distribution, and on the competition policy issues this raised.

More information on the event here.

Survey on European antitrust litigation post EU Directive

Hans W. Friederiszick and Michael Rauber published an article in the January issue of CPI Antitrust Chronicle analyzing antitrust litigation in Europe following the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages. The multi-jurisdiction landscape in Europe, paired with partial, but incomplete harmonization across Europe and correct, but complex economic damages concepts, is likely to lead to interlinked multinational damages actions in Europe, the authors argue.

View the external abstract here.

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E.CA promotes in Brussels

E.CA Economics has promoted German national Lars Wiethaus to director in Brussels.

Lars Wiethaus joined E.CA Economics in 2008 after having worked for a UK-based economic consulting firm. In 2012 he opened the Brussels office of E.CA Economics which he is now leading jointly with director Vincent Verouden.

Download the press release.