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Conglomerate foreclosure in the metaverse

Conglomerate foreclosure in the metaverse

The concept of the metaverse has received a lot of attention over the last year. Some assume it will revolutionize the way we live, others believe that it merely constitutes the mainstreamization of video gaming. This uncertain outcome has not discouraged undertakings to invest substantially in the metaverse. These investments, accompanied by the increasing concentration in gaming markets, warrant a closer antitrust discussion of the metaverse. Whilst interoperable platforms and ecosystems tend to provide significant value to consumers, their layered markets are increasingly challenging for antitrust law…

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Antitrust Pendulum Swinging Back

Antitrust Pendulum Swinging Back

The German Federal Cartel Office has once again invited the best of the best from the competition community to Berlin for the International Cartel Conference (IKK). Sven Giegold, Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK), gave an ambitious speech about his plans for Germany’s and Europe’s future in the field of competition policy. D-Kart has kindly been provided with the full text from his speech, we document it here – not least…

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D-Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025

D-Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (now: BMWK) has presented an ambitious competition policy agenda (you can find it here). It is a guideline for the competition policy of the legislative period, a preview of the next GWB amendment and of goals to be advocated at the European level. In the agenda, the BMWK emphasises that a modern competition policy can only be developed in a participatory process. That is why we at D’Kart would like to…

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Competition policy agenda of the BMWK until 2025

Competition policy agenda of the BMWK until 2025

High-ranking visitor in Bonn: The new German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck made his “inaugural visit” to the Federal Cartel Office in Bonn today, Monday, February 21, 2022. Habeck is the first Green minister to hold this office. He was accompanied by State Secretary Sven Giegold and Head of Department Philipp Steinberg – Giegold, a high-profile thinker of the Green Party, moved to Berlin from the European Parliament, and had previously dealt with competition policy….

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Sustainability under Article 101 (3) TFEU

Sustainability under Article 101 (3) TFEU

Does DG COMP increasingly communicate like a Central Bank? A newsletter here, a subtle hint or comment at a Q&A session there? If high hopes of more ESG (Environment – Social – Governance) elements in the analysis under Article 101 (3) were an exchange traded item, Thursday last week could have been a day with increased selling activity. Thomas Lübbig discusses the last developments. Sustainability – More than a Weasel Word? Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager delivered her keynote address at…

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SSNIPpets (47): Dinner is served

SSNIPpets (47): Dinner is served

There is a lot to catch up on before the new year really gets going. Rupprecht Podszun, however, has once again only written down very subjectively what he came across in the last few weeks. Today it’s about Section 19a of the German Competition Act, the Digital Markets Act, big law firms, thin and thick books, personnel matters and access to data. Enjoy the first 2022-SSNIPpets – small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! Alphabet is…

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Antitrust Advent Calendar 2021

Antitrust Advent Calendar 2021

Indeed, dear readers, there are a lot of news out there: The European Court supports the Commission in its quest against Google. The UK CMA tells Facebook to sell Giphy. The Bundeskartellamt, in a quite different dimension, opposed the acquisition of “Ostthüringer Zeitung”, a regional newspaper in the Gera/Jena area (while we are waiting for the first section 19a-decisions). The new German “traffic lights coalition” has ambitious plans for EU and German competition law reform, now under the direction of…

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Becoming the DMA: The Parliament’s Compromise (for now)

Becoming the DMA: The Parliament’s Compromise (for now)

Writing about the DMA means jumping on a passing train (with a parachute). The draft Regulation is in constant flow: The Commission’s first serve was shelled with 1199 amendments proposed to Andreas Schwab, the Rapporteur for the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) by his colleagues. Once Parliament agrees on a compromise text, the trilogue negotiations with the Commission and the Council will start. The IMCO’s compromise text of Oct. 3 (hereinafter Compromise Amendments) was…

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Zum 4. Mal: Kartellrechtler unter sich

Zum 4. Mal: Kartellrechtler unter sich

Am 28. September 2021 fand die neueste Ausgabe des berühmt-berüchtigten Düsseldorfer Doktorandenseminars im Kartellrecht statt. Philipp Offergeld und Mykyta Shchupak berichten über die aus ihrer Sicht kurzweilige, gelungene Veranstaltung. Das Institut für Kartellrecht der HHU Düsseldorf (IKartR) lud am 28. September zum mittlerweile vierten Mal zum Doktorandenseminar im Kartellrecht und setzte damit eine Reihe fort, die mittlerweile wohl als Tradition bezeichnet werden kann. Aufgrund der unsicheren Planungslage wurde die Veranstaltung nicht im Haus der Universität in der Düsseldorfer Innenstadt abgehalten, sondern über Zoom. Das Team des…

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