Digital disruption

Digital Markets Act: EC publishes details of proposed competition rules for ‘gatekeeper’ digital platforms

Dominic Long

On 15 December the European Commission (EC) published its draft Digital Markets Act (DMA), which will introduce broad reforms to the application of EU competition law to ‘gatekeepers’ in the digital sector. The proposals set out in-principle criteria for companies that offer ‘core platform services’, which, if met, raise the rebuttable presumption that the company Read More

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The Digital Services Act package is here

Frits Gerritzen

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission published its Digital Services Act package which proposes two pieces of legislation: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act. This package will profoundly change the way companies offer and use digital services in the EU. It affects not just large online “gatekeeper” platforms but impacts the Read More

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Consortia for digital innovation: building new business models

Nigel Parker

In today’s digital economy, rather than doing it alone, many organisations are finding that collaboration is a faster route to driving innovation or building new business models. Alongside the more common arrangements for M&A, minority investing or strategic alliances, we are increasingly seeing a rise of consortia as a preferred route to bring together parties Read More

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UK Taskforce recommendations map out a new regulatory regime for digital firms

Emma Keeling

Last week, the UK Digital Markets Taskforce published its recommendations to the UK Government on the possible design and implementation of a new regulatory regime to govern the behaviour of digital firms with market power. The recommendations cover which firms should fall within the scope of the new rules (ie what amounts to “Strategic Market Read More

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Fintech M&A: The future of dealmaking post Covid-19 coronavirus

William Samengo-Turner

After a run of high-value deals at the start of the year, fintech M&A has dramatically slowed. What will dealmaking look like in the future? For investors in the fintech market, the contrast could not have been more stark. In the first quarter of 2020, financial institutions, financial sponsors and mature fintech companies generated a Read More

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Digital Services Act – a consultation on an evolution

Emma Keeling

On 2 June 2020, the European Commission announced that it had launched a public consultation on the much anticipated Digital Services Act package. This package was a fundamental part of the “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future” Communication in February and is a key step to creating a “Europe fit for the Digital Age”. The consultation covers Read More

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