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Competition

Start-ups, killer acquisitions and merger control

 

 11 June 2020  Paris  

Questions over the competitive effects of the acquisition of start-ups or ‘nascent’ firms, by dominant incumbents have become a key part of the debate on how the effective merger control regimes have been in protecting competition during a period of increasing profits.

One of the most discussed theories of harm in such mergers has been the risk of ‘Killer Acquisitions’ in which firms acquire nascent competitors only to discontinue the target’s innovation projects, thereby pre-empting the emergence of future competition.

In June 2020, the OECD will explore questions such as:

  • How to ensure these mergers can be investigated?
  • How agencies can identify the relevant counterfactual in such cases?
  • What tools can be used to assess competitive effects?
  • Which types of efficiency might result from these acquisitions? 
  • What, if any, broader policy reforms might be required to help improve decision-making in these cases?

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INVITED SPEAKERS

Amelia Fletcher Bio   
Professor of Competition Policy, Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) and Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

Colleen Cunnnigham Bio   
Assistant Professor, London Business School

Erik Hovenkamp Bio
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Wim Holterman Bio   
Professor of Business Valuation (University of Groningen) and Partner at Value Insights

 

DOCUMENTS

» OECD Background note • Note de réflexion de l'OCDE

Belgium

Colombia

Egypt

European Union

France

Israel

Japan

Korea

Mexico

Norway

Portugal

Russian Federation

Spain

Ukraine

United States

BIAC

BEUC

 

 

 

 

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Investigations of consummated and non-notifiable mergers (2014)

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