Apple’s cloud gaming restrictions may be biggest news in CMA interim report

As we explained in December, the CMA’s interim report on mobile ecosystems was a great piece of work which takes a holistic view of mobile ecosystems and the competition problems associated with these ecosystems. One concern raised in the interim report was not previously seen in the multiple reports and decisions issued by competition authorities … Continue reading Apple’s cloud gaming restrictions may be biggest news in CMA interim report

Compliance with the DMA: the need for interpretative guidelines and a proper regulatory dialogue

“Trilogue” negotiations for the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”) have begun and the EU institutions are likely to conclude discussions by late March. That is great news. Though we believe that no major change of direction is necessary (or realistic to expect), there are some areas that would benefit from improvement. As discussed in an earlier post, one such … Continue reading Compliance with the DMA: the need for interpretative guidelines and a proper regulatory dialogue

One needed area of improvement for the Digital Markets Act: The designation of gatekeepers

The Digital Markets Act (“DMA”) is one of the core priorities of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union (“Council”), which commenced on 1 January 2022. According to several reports, the French presidency would like to pursue an aggressive agenda, with trilogue discussions being wrapped up by the end of March and … Continue reading One needed area of improvement for the Digital Markets Act: The designation of gatekeepers

2021 was a busy year for the Platform Law Blog, but things will be even more intense in 2022

Many thanks to our loyal readers for following us throughout the year. We had a great run in 2021 with a vast increase in our audience. Many thanks also to the legislators, competition officials and policy-makers for giving us great materials to draw from. 2021 has been a year of intense developments on the Platform … Continue reading 2021 was a busy year for the Platform Law Blog, but things will be even more intense in 2022

The Interim Report of the CMA’s Market Study on Mobile Ecosystems :  A Great Piece of Work

On 14 December 2021, the CMA published the Interim Report of its Market Study on Mobile Ecosystems. This is a massive (445 pages + annexes) piece of work, which is – as always with the CMA – extremely well done. The purpose of this Interim Report is for the CMA to share the content of … Continue reading The Interim Report of the CMA’s Market Study on Mobile Ecosystems :  A Great Piece of Work

CMA blocks the Facebook/Giphy merger: you can’t say they didn’t warn us

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) investigation into the acquisition of Giphy by Facebook (now Meta) has been watched by merger control practitioners with morbid fascination. It has included everything one could wish for in a merger case – a Big Tech killer acquisition (arguably), novel theories of harm (arguably), satellite litigation, the highest … Continue reading CMA blocks the Facebook/Giphy merger: you can’t say they didn’t warn us

IMCO has spoken its mind – a significant step towards the adoption of the DMA

On 23 November, the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection ("IMCO"), which leads the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”) through the European Parliament, adopted its position on the European Commission’s Proposal by an overwhelming 42 votes in favour, two against and one abstention. This is a milestone towards the adoption of the EU’s ex ante regulation … Continue reading IMCO has spoken its mind – a significant step towards the adoption of the DMA

General Court of the EU delivers landmark Google Shopping judgment (Google and Alphabet v Commission, T-612/17)

As readers of this blog will know, on Tuesday 10 November 2021 the General Court (“GC”) delivered its judgment in case T-612/17, Google and Alphabet v Commission, largely upholding the Commission’s 2017 decision in Google Search (Shopping) (AT.39741). This is a landmark (and very aggressive) judgment and a major vindication for the Commission. By way … Continue reading General Court of the EU delivers landmark Google Shopping judgment (Google and Alphabet v Commission, T-612/17)

The DMA should stay true to its principles, or it could fail

As readers of this blog know, the core idea behind (and the principle underpinning) the DMA proposal is that a small number of large digital platforms have become “gatekeepers” in that they operate one or more important “gateways” for business users to reach end users. In this context, the DMA rightly proposes to impose on … Continue reading The DMA should stay true to its principles, or it could fail

The P2B Regulation is not consigned to oblivion: ACM launches market study, reminding us that transparency in the platform economy is important

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced a few days ago that it will launch a market study into how platforms deal with the rules laid down in the Platform-to-Business (P2B) Regulation. The P2B Regulation is a regulatory initiative that may not have received the attention it deserves. This could be explained by … Continue reading The P2B Regulation is not consigned to oblivion: ACM launches market study, reminding us that transparency in the platform economy is important