Google fined €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

The European Commission finally announced its decision in the Google AdSense investigation on Wednesday 20 March 2019. The Commission found that Google’s Adsense for Search product had a market share of over 70% in the EEA market for online search advertising mediation platforms, thus having a dominant position in that market. The Commission found that…

Commission clears Hutchison takeover of Wind Tre

The European Commission has cleared CK Hutchison’s takeover of Italian telecoms group, Wind Tre, subject to CK Huthcison agreeing to take full responsibility for the conditions imposed on Wind Tre when it was created. These conditions relate to the completion of spectrum transfer and site divestment, and to the implementation of the national roaming agreement…

Open letter to EU Commissioner Vestager about Google remedies

An Open Letter has been sent to Margrethe Vestager about Google Remedies on behalf of ICOMP, Foundem, Fairsearch, and a number of other competing comparison shopping services. An interesting read; given the recent Android decision, will similar issues arise in relation to remedies? Please contact Tim Cowen if you have any questions regarding the European…

Preiskel and CEG Europe host a fascinating seminar on competition and regulatory policy

On Monday the Preiskel and CEG teams were delighted to host a seminar discussing various concerns and potential changes regarding competition and regulatory policy. The first panel focused on regulation and oligopoly in telecoms markets. Debate included whether oligopoly led ipso facto to bad consumer outcomes or whether there is scope for oligopoly to lead…