Assessing Non-horizontal Mergers: The role of legal rules and integration of economic analysis

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dc.contributor.author SVETLICINII, Alexandr
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-13T15:34:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-13T15:34:09Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/17177
dc.description Defense Date: 07/03/2011
dc.description Examining Board: Prof. Dr. Heike Schweitzer, Universität Mannheim/EUI (EUI Supervisor) Prof. Dr. Giorgio Monti, EUI Prof. Dr. Jules Stuyck, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Dr. Ioannis Lianos, University College London
dc.description.abstract This thesis is targeting a complex topic of integration of economic analysis (economic theories and evidence) into the legal framework of EU merger control. Inspired by the calls for a "more economic approach" in EU competition law this work attempts to highlight both the limits and perspectives for incorporation of the economic analysis under the set of legal rules (both substantive and procedural) that govern initial merger assessment of the Commission and the subsequent review of the Commission’s findings exercised by the Courts. The correlation between legal rules and economic analysis is studied on the example of non-horizontal concentrations that should be assessed taking into account both anti-competitive effects stemming from the future conduct of the merged entity and economic efficiencies that can be generated through vertical integration or conglomerate diversification. Application of economic theories and assessment of economic evidence is placed in the context of the applicable legal rules and standards such as standard of proof, standard of judicial review, margin of assessment in complex economic matters, and legal standards governing admission, presentation and assessment of economic evidence. The correlation of the specified legal rules and economic analysis was studied on the examples of unilateral (vertical foreclosure) and coordinated (tacit collusion) effects’ scenarios which are typical for non-horizontal settings. The observed enforcement practices demonstrated the need for further development of functional rules, tests and methodologies, which are pre-requisite for an effective and consistent application of the effects-based assessment.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI PhD theses en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of Law en
dc.subject Law and economics
dc.subject Consolidation and merger of corporations
dc.subject Law and legislation
dc.subject European Union countries
dc.subject Antitrust law
dc.subject European Union countries
dc.title Assessing Non-horizontal Mergers: The role of legal rules and integration of economic analysis en
dc.type Thesis en
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