Chief Correspondent, EU Competition
Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.
Selected Insights by Nicholas
Companies using algorithms to set prices & manage suppliers, as well as concentrated sectors such as mobile telephony or air transport, could be some of the surprise victims of new proposal for new EU powers.
Google, Facebook & other Big Tech companies can expect increased EU scrutiny & a set of new regulations targeting their businesses in the bloc.
Facebook, Amazon.com and other tech giants could see a new watchdog emerge from EU plans to curb the power of “gatekeeper” online services.
Pity the EU merger officials whose work sets them the near-impossible task of predicting how the world economy will look after Covid-19.
Facebook's Libra has attracted the interest of the EU competition regulator, which is fitness-checking it against a few classic collusion concerns as well as some more novel regulatory theories, to judge by questionnaires it sent out this summer.