To provide or not to provide access? The Dutch broadband joint SMP case

On 17 March 2020, the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) published its long-awaited verdict on the appeal against the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) 2018 finding of joint dominance in the Dutch retail broadband market. Why did the CBb rule in favour of the appellants, and what are the implications of this finding for the regulation of wholesale broadband access in the telecoms sector?

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Calculating the cover charge: business interruption insurance and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on businesses across the world. Many have turned to their insurance providers to claim compensation under their business interruption (BI) insurance. However, even if a firm is covered for financial losses caused by the pandemic, determining the compensation amount is far from straightforward. What are the challenges, from an economic and financial perspective, in determining the compensation for these policyholders?

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How quickly will customers revert to pre-pandemic behaviour?

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed societies across the world, as governments, businesses and individuals respond to the crisis. Customer behaviour has changed both rapidly and radically, as we adapt to the new circumstances and adopt new ways of living and working.

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Oxera grows senior team with four new promotions to Partner and Principal grade

We are delighted to announce the promotions of three Principals to Partner and one Senior Consultant to Principal grade, with immediate effect. This is in recognition of the individuals’ considerable contributions to Oxera’s Transport, Competition and State Aid practices. Michele Granatstein joined Oxera in 2010. She leads Oxera’s Aviation team, providing advice to airports, airlines,

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Mergers and the failing-firm defence in the age of COVID-19: going out on a limb?

The immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on merger activity is not yet clear. Increased uncertainty caused by the disruption may discourage transactions, although the currently lower market value of stocks may encourage the acquisitions of smaller, innovative start-ups, such as those in the pharmaceutical or digital communication sectors. In addition, there is a prospect

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The rise of the cryptoexchange giants: what next for trading cryptocurrencies?

Since the inception of Bitcoin over a decade ago, trading in cryptocurrencies has exploded. There are now thousands of cryptocurrencies and hundreds of cryptoexchanges to trade on. What is the secret of the few big cryptoexchanges, and is the high number of smaller cryptoexchanges sustainable? We look at the current landscape and competitive dynamics of the fast-evolving cryptoexchange market

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