International Mergers Conference #4 Challenges for mergers in the digital economy & Closing discussion

4th Webinar of the 2nd « International Mergers Conference » organised by Concurrences and University College London, in partnership with Compass Lexecon, Positive Competition and Facebook. Panel with Aleksandra Boutin (Founding Partner, Positive Competition), Timothy Lamb (Director - Competition & Regulatory, Facebook), Deni Mantzari (Associate Professor, Acting Director - CLES, University College London) and Martin Peitz (Professor, University of Mannheim), Pierre Regibeau (Chief Economist, DG COMP). Closing discussion with Peter Freeman CBE QC (Chairman, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, London), Jorge Padilla (Head of Compass Lexecon EMEA) and Christopher Vajda QC (Former, Court of Justice of the EU - Visiting professor, King’s College London).

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Deni Mantzari introduced the panel mentioning that perhaps no issue had received more attention in antitrust circles in recent years than killer acquisitions. First arising in the context of pharmaceutical transactions, scrutiny has now extended to other industries, with a particular focus on acquisitions in the technology sector. There have been calls for changes in the evidentiary standard for assessing so-called killer acquisitions, from the adoption of a balance-of-powers approach to the reversal of the burden of proof in such cases, motivated by the concern that the potential harm from killer acquisitions in the technology sector might be so important that it warrants an adjustment of the standards that are usually employed in competition cases.

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