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National regulators call for sharper M&A tools; soccer’s Super League antitrust dimensions
23 April 2021 00:00
The joint statement by the antitrust regulators of Australia, Germany and the UK this week was a chance for antitrust officials to call for sharper tools to manage mergers and acquisitions — with particular regard to fast-moving digital markets. The regulators also warned that behavioral remedies of the type put forward by Google to get its acquisition of smartwatch maker Fitbit past regulators in the European Union may be unenforceable. Also on the podcast: What the super-implosion of soccer’s Super League tells us about European antitrust.
Behavioral remedies often don’t deliver, the Competition and Markets Authority's chief executive has said.
Antitrust accusations will fly in both directions. New European Super League will be accused of a closed-door stitch-up.