‘Recent Trends in EC and UK Merger Control and Theories of Harm’

The CCP Seminar Series continues on Friday 14th November with the ever-captivating Bruce Lyons (CCP & ECO) presenting his research on ‘Recent Trends in EC and UK Merger Control and Theories of Harm‘. Bruce is a Professor of Economics at the University of East Anglia and has published extensively on the topic of merger control, including manuscripts on UK merger control and EU merger remedies.  An abstract for his presentation can be found below.


This seminar provides an empirical overview of selected areas of competition enforcement by DG Comp and the CMA.  It is in two distinct parts reflecting forthcoming and recent policy presentations given in Brussels and London.  First, I review some trends and recent cases reviewed under the EU merger regulation.  A particular focus is on theories of harm used by DG Comp.  I also consider the efficiency defence in mobile telecoms and financial viability as a determinant of the counterfactual.  Second, I provide a brief overview of the first seven months of the CMA.  In which enforcement areas does the merger of the OFT and CC seem to be doing well and where is its early progress problematic?

The seminar takes place from 13:00-14:00 in the Thomas Paine Study Centre, Room 1.03.

About CCP
The Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) conducts interdisciplinary research into competition policy and regulation.

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