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Haucap: "The GWB amendment is good and it is needed"

In an interview with WirtschaftsWoche, DICE Consult-Partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap praises the cabinet draft of the 10th GWB amendment. In the future it will be much easier for the Bundeskartellamt to prohibit certain practices by platform companies, which are of outstanding cross-market importance, before the abuse of market position occurs, said Haucap. In addition, breaking up Google and Co.…

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Justus Haucap is ranked among the Top 30 most influential economists

According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), DICE Consult partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap is one of the top 30 most influential economists in Germany. In the total ranking, Haucap holds 21st place. Haucap is a popular advisor, especially in ministries and among members of the Bundestag. This is shown by the political survey, according to which Haucap is among the top ten most…

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An Update for the "Grundgesetz" of the Social Market Economy

Digitization creates new business models, new products and new markets. But the digital economy also creates new challenges. Platforms collect data and create monopolies or companies take over small competitors to secure their own market power.DICE Consult Partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap gave a lecture on these and other issues of digitisation at the ACATIS Value Conferenz. To the lecture at…

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CRRC can acquire Vossloh’s shunter division

The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the takeover of Kiel-based Vossloh Locomotives GmbH by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotives Co. In light of Vossloh's strong market position in Europe on the one hand and CRRC's as yet very weak position in the European market on the other, the question of how the involvement of Chinese state-owned companies is to be assessed under merger control had to be clarified in…

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OLG Düsseldorf prohibits merger of Remondis with DSD

The Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf dismissed Remondis' protest against the prohibition of the merger with Duales System Deutschland (DSD) by the Bundeskartellamt. The court confirmed the Bundeskartellamt's decision according to which the merger would have created a dominant position in the marketing of glass cullet and Remondis would have exploited its market power created by the acquisition. Under …

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Data Protection and Antitrust: New Types of Abuse Cases? An Economist’s View in Light of the German Facebook Decision

The article "Data Protection and Antitrust: New Types of Abuse Cases? An Economist’s View in Light of the German Facebook Decision" by DICE Consult Partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap was published as a Highlight in the Book "The Digital Economy – 2019 Highlights Special Edition". Many services on the Internet are seemingly offered for free. People do not have to pay for them, at lea…

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Competitive Effects of Mergers in highly concentrated Markets

Thyssenkrupp AG plans to sell its entire elevator segment. Kone Corporation, a major player in the elevator and escalator industry (“E&E industry”), has publicly signalled its interest in an acquisition. The Company further signalled that in case of a successful bid it would divest the complete European elevator business of Thyssenkrupp to the private equity firm CVC for antitrust reasons. Sev…

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Double Nomination for the Antitrust Writing Award

Two publications with DICE Consult participation were nominated for the Antitrust Wiriting Award: "Screening Instruments for Monitoring Market Power−The Return on Withholding Capacity Index [RWC]" by DICE Consult Managing Director Susanne Thorwarth, together with Olivia Bodnar, Alexander Steinmetz and Marc Bataille. "How mergers affect innovation: Theory and evidence" by DICE C…

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