The Uk Competition Appeal Tribunal rejects two-sided market analysis for multi-sided platforms (ComparetheMarket)

UK Court Rejects Two-Sided Market Analysis for Multi-Sided Platforms* The United Kingdom Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has forcefully rejected two-sided market analysis in a well-reasoned judgment that provides a thorough and insightful discussion of how to define markets where there are multi-sided platforms. Multi-sided platforms are a hot topic because payment businesses, search engines and social media all involve multi-sided platforms, and are all the subject of intense antitrust scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic. On August 8, 2022, the Tribunal issued its judgment in BGL (Holdings) Limited v. Competition and Markets Authority [2022] CAT 36, deciding an appeal against a Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) decision that relied on two-sided market analysis

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  • Constantine Cannon (London)
  • Constantine Cannon (New York)

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Richard Pike, Gary J. Malone, The Uk Competition Appeal Tribunal rejects two-sided market analysis for multi-sided platforms (ComparetheMarket), 8 August 2022, e-Competitions August 2022, Art. N° 108667

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