French head says agencies should focus more on data, less on market definition in merger review – Concurrences

08 July 2020 - 12:00 am UTC

Competition authorities should look at data collection and access to data in merger control review and not focus so squarely on market definition, said the head of France’s competition agency today (8 July).

Agencies need to look at how data will be used by the merged parties when conducting antitrust reviews, said Isabelle de Silva, president of the Autorité de la Concurrence, during a Concurrences event today with Bundeskartellamt president Andreas Mundt and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) member Rohit Chopra.

De Silva said that agencies need to better take data collection into account and “look beyond market definition” in future reviews. She said that there is room for improvement in terms of how agencies look at data collection and exploitation in merger control.

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