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ECIPE Webinar: Platform Regulation and Merger Policy – Implications for Countries’ Investment Attractiveness

November 21 2023
Venue: ZOOM Webinar
Speakers: Dirk Auer, Fred de Fossard, Aurelien Portuese
Time: 16:00

We are pleased to invite you to a thought-provoking panel discussion about the regulation of competition within digital markets and the potential impacts on a country’s investment attractiveness.

Small trade and investment driven economies like the UK are faced with the question of whether or not they should regulate competition in technology and digital services markets, and if so how.

Competition policy targeted at large technology platforms often relies on presumptions rather than evidence of real consumer harm. At the same time, interventions in digital services markets can have far-reaching consequences for innovation, technology adoption, and investment.

Join us for an expert discussion on how competition enforcement impacts a country‘s investment attractiveness and ambitions for economic and innovation leadership.

  • What motivates competition authorities to restrict business opportunities and trade for large technology platforms?
  • How does access to globally traded platform services impact a country’s innovation and investment attractiveness?
  • Why is “tipping” viewed as a concern in competition theory?
  • Are these concerns justified?
  • Are claims about “killer acquisitions” backed by empirical evidence?
  • How do corporate conduct bans and restrictions impact investment activities and start-up activity?
  • Which aspects should competition regulators weigh when evaluating mergers in technology-driven industries?
  • What should competition watchdogs really do to protect consumers from unfair competition?
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Dirk Auer, Director of Competition Policy, International Center for Law and Economics

Fred de Fossard, Head of British Prosperity Unit, Legatum Institute Limited

Aurelien Portuese, Professor in competition law and innovation at The George Washington University in Washington, DC

Moderated by Matthias. Bauer, Director ECIPE