Liza Lovdahl Gormsen

British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London)
Senior Advisor

Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen joined FCA as a Senior Advisor in May 2020. Her expertise is in Competition Law & Policy, in particular issues arising in relation to global online platforms, data technology and privacy. Liza is also currently a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Competition Law Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She chairs the Advisory Board of the Competition Law Forum. Liza obtained a PhD in Competition Law at King’s College London in 2007. Following her PhD, Liza taught Competition Law at London School of Economics and University of Manchester. Liza is the author of A Principle Approach to Abuse of Dominance (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and State Aid and Tax Rulings (Edward Elgar, 2019). She has published widely in national and international peer-review journals and regularly addresses audiences at the House of Commons, the White House and the European Commission. She sits on the advisory board of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (Oxford University Press) edited by Professor Bill Kovacic and Professor Ariel Ezrachi. Besides her academic background, Liza has legal experience from both the private and public sector. She has served as a lawyer at the Office of Fair Trading where she gained extensive experience in retail markets and pharmaceuticals. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank for a number of years assisting developing countries to establish a competition law regime. Liza is currently a Board Member of the Open Markets Institute in Washington DC and is a non-governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, appointed by the Competition and Markets Authority.

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20426 Bulletin

Liza Lovdahl Gormsen The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal finds that it is not for the Tribunal to assess the reasonableness of the Office of Fair Trading’s exercise of its discretion to decide whether or not to open an investigation (Brannigan)


The facts In March 2003, Brannigan, a newspaper owner, launched two local free newspapers the Lewes Life in the local area of Lewes and the Uckfield Life in the local area of Uckfield. In October 2003, Brannigan made a complaint to the OFT alleging that rival publishers, Newsquest and (...)

Liza Lovdahl Gormsen The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal confirms that indirect contact between competing retailers via a mutual supplier can amount to concerted practices and that recommended retail prices may lead to price fixing (Replica Football Kit)


This case comment falls in two parts : Part I comments upon the judgment on liability, and Part II comments upon the judgment on penalty. PART I: JUDGMENT ON LIABILITY THE PARTIES Appellants: JJB Sports PLC (“JJB”) and Allsports Limited (“Allsports”). Respondent: The Office of Fair Trading (...)

1227 Review

Liza Lovdahl Gormsen European State Aid and Tax Rulings, Liza LOVDAHL GORMSEN


This section selects books on themes related to competition laws and economics. This compilation does not attempt to be exhaustive but rather a survey of themes important in the area. The survey usually covers publication over the last three months after publication of the latest issue of (...)

Liza Lovdahl Gormsen Should antitrust policy protect new entrants?


The question if antitrust policy should protect new entrants is related to the schism between “protection of competition” and “protection of competitors” in Article 102 TFEU. As it was not always clear that the aim of Article 102 TFEU was consumer welfare, the US claimed that the EU was not (...)

Christian D’Cunha, Jacob Turner, Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Ricardo Zimbron Digital consolidation, citizen and community (Online markets and offline welfare effects: The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017)


We are enjoying the benefits of the IT revolution over the last few decades—free online searches, free social media, free smartphone software, and constant innovation. At the same time, the online environment is more and more dominated by a handful of IT giants. Digital consolidation is (...)


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