Which direction is the FCA walking on prices?

Yesterday, the FCA published the terms of reference for the forthcoming general insurance market study; a thematic review of the home insurance supervisory programme; and a discussion paper on fair pricing in financial services. Who is affected? The market study will focus on motor and home insurance, with wider implications for health, pet and travel

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The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement—what happens if there isn’t one?

During October and November 2018, the UK and the EU are hoping to agree on the basis for the UK to withdraw from the Union, with the Agreement to be ratified by EU institutions and the UK Parliament before the UK leaves on 29 March 2019. What happens if the UK leaves with no deal in place? In particular, what will be the effect on ports and trade?

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Pass it on: the draft EU guidelines on pass-on and volume effects

On 5 July 2018 the European Commission published draft guidelines to help national courts estimate the share of overcharges ‘passed on’ to indirect purchasers and final consumers of goods affected by a cartel. The guidelines also cover estimation of volume effects, which are the natural counterpart to pass-on. How helpful are these draft guidelines, and how could they potentially be improved?

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The threat of common ownership: real or imagined?

Common ownership—the simultaneous ownership of equity of two competing companies by the same investor—has been rising steadily. This trend has been largely triggered by increasing institutional investor participation, including index funds owned by asset managers such as Vanguard and BlackRock. However, as highlighted by Oxera Partner, Professor Julian Franks, and Oxera Associate, Professor Vikrant Vig, the rise has been accompanied by an important debate on the potential anticompetitive effects of common ownership

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Policy papers on the German energy regulator’s benchmarking framework

Oxera, in collaboration with Dr Eva Deuchert of Netze BW, will be publishing a series of articles in ew – Magazin für die Energiewirtschaft on Bundesnetzagentur’s current benchmarking procedure for assessing the efficiency of energy networks. Building on insights gained from working on energy issues in Germany, as well as similar issues in several other

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The 2nd International Conference on Cognitive Analytics Management 2018: Expert panel on the use of benchmarking in regulation

Dr Srini Parthasarathy is invited to participate in an expert panel on the use of benchmarking in regulation at the 2nd International Conference on Cognitive Analytics Management, to be held between 28 November and 1 December 2018 in Beirut. The panel will include Tone Madsen, Head of Danish Water Regulatory Authority, Tore Langset, Head of

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