European General Court largely upholds record EU antitrust fine against Google for abusive restrictions cementing its dominance

On the 14th of September 2022, the European General Court (“EGC”) delivered its judgement on Google’s antitrust case. The EGC largely upheld the European Commission’s (“EC”) 2018 ruling to impose an antitrust fine on Google, but with a slight reduction of the fine from €4.343bn to €4.125bn to “better reflect the gravity and duration of the…

OFCOM’S GENERAL CONDITIONS CHANGES IN RELATION TO THE EUROPEAN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE

Providers of electronic communications networks and services (“CPs”), are generally authorised to operate in the UK without a licence, save for certain exceptions where a licence is still required (e.g., use of spectrum). The UK regulator (“Ofcom”) requires CPs to comply with Ofcom’s General Conditions of Entitlement (the “General Conditions”). These have been subject to…

CMA provisional findings may lead to Facebook being forced to sell Giphy

On 12 August 2021, The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced its provisional findings that Facebook’s completed acquisition of Giphy is likely to harm competition between social media platforms and between digital display advertising players.  The CMA considers that Facebook could restrict the use of GIFs on other social media platforms, making its competitors change…

Tim Cowen to chair Digital Policy Alliance webinar on “Competition Remedies or Digital Regulation?”

Preiskel & Co Chair, Antitrust Division, Tim Cowen, will chair an upcoming Digital Policy Alliance webinar entitled “Competition Remedies or Digital Regulation? Review of CMA investigation of online advertising markets and the latest initiatives”. The webinar will address the likely impact and consequences of proposed initiatives to tackle market imbalance in the digital space. Speakers…

Mobile World Congress cancelled

The GSMA has announced that the 2020 Mobile World Congress, due to be held in Barcelona at the end of February, is cancelled due to “global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak”. The GSMA’s statement can be read here. Accordingly, Preiskel & Co regrets to announce that its drinks reception in Barcelona is also cancelled. Please…

Tim Cowen and ResPublica raise questions over CMA’s Platforms and Digital Advertising Investigation

Preiskel & Co Partner, Tim Cowen, has co-authored a submission to the CMA regarding its Statement of Scope for its market study into online platforms and digital advertising. The submission raises some serious concerns regarding the CMA’s definition of the scope of its market study, and is a fascinating read. It can be found here.…