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Structure Versus Conduct - A Comparison of the National Merger Remedies Practice in Seven European Countries


  • Thomas Hoehn


This paper provides a comparative analysis of 234 national merger remedies decisions in the six major EU countries plus one non-EU country, Switzerland. While structural remedies tend to dominate, there are significant differences between countries and sectors. Overall, the analysis reveals a complex interaction between the features of markets which may give rise to competition concerns, the scope for remedial solutions and, not least, the extent of structural interventions in well established antitrust jurisdictions. In the wholesale and retail sector, shop and outlet divestitures are classic. However, they are often accompanied by behavioural remedies that seek to remedy vertical competition issues. In contrast, there is a preference for behavioural remedies in the network and infrastructure industries, with access remedies prominent as the case study of the information and communications sector shows.

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  • Thomas Hoehn, 2010. "Structure Versus Conduct - A Comparison of the National Merger Remedies Practice in Seven European Countries," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(1), pages 9-32.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:17:y:2010:i:1:p:9-32
    DOI: 10.1080/13571510903516938

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    1. Tomaso Duso & Klaus Gugler & Burcin Yurtoglu, 2005. "EU Merger Remedies: A Preliminary Empirical Assessment," CIG Working Papers SP II 2005-16, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Research Unit: Competition and Innovation (CIG).
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    1. John K. Ashton, 2012. "Do Depositors Benefit from Bank Mergers? An Examination of the UK Deposit Market," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(1), pages 1-23, February.

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    Merger Law and Policy; Concentration; Remedies;


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