Professor Kai-Uwe Kühn is an economist who has almost thirty years of experience advising private firms and competition authorities. He is a professor of economics and deputy director of the Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia. From May 2011 to August 2013, Professor Kühn was chief economist at DG Competition, European Commission. He advised the Competition Commissioner on all competition cases and policy initiatives. He led the economic analysis on many large mergers and antitrust cases. Professor Kühn has participated in many complex antitrust matters, starting from Microsoft I on server interoperability and including multiple MFN, brand gating, novel forms of exploitative abuses such as privacy, purchasing alliances and information exchanges. He has recently been advising on the rebuttal of designation decisions for digital platforms under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Article 19a of the German competition law and other regulatory matters in the digital economy. He has also acted as an expert in a large number of cartel damages cases and been involved in advising companies involved in large state aid matters.
Professor Kühn is fluent in German and English.
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Enforcement against the exploitative abuse of a dominant position is not as prominent as other antitrust fields. Although a renaissance of these cases can be experienced in recent years, the evolution is very limited. This editorial discusses the role of enforcement for these practices and (...)
In the last 15 years we have seen a revolution in the use of economics in competition. The central role of economic analysis for good decision making has been acknowledged by the Commission ever since the introduction of a “more economic approach” in merger, antitrust, and state aid policy. (...)