Killer Acquisitions? The Debate on Merger Control for Digital Markets

2018 Yearbook of the Finnish Competition Law Association

20 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2019

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

We discuss and evaluate recent developments and the debate in merger control in the digital markets. Our focus is on the so called 'killer acquisitions' that refer to situations in which a dominant firm acquires smaller start-up rivals with the alleged intention to eliminate potential future competition.

Keywords: mergers, competition policy, digital markets

JEL Classification: K21, L4

Suggested Citation

Holmström, Mats and Padilla, Jorge and Stitzing, Robin and Sääskilahti, Pekka, Killer Acquisitions? The Debate on Merger Control for Digital Markets (2018). 2018 Yearbook of the Finnish Competition Law Association, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3465454 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3465454

Mats Holmström

Compass Lexecon ( email )

United States

Jorge Padilla

Compass Lexecon ( email )

Paseo de la Castellana 7
Madrid, 28046
Spain

Robin Stitzing

Compass Lexecon

Unioninkatu 30
Helsinki, 00100
Finland

Pekka Sääskilahti (Contact Author)

Compass Lexecon ( email )

Helsinki
Finland

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