Portrait of Aline Blankertz

Aline Blankertz : Senior Consultant

Aline specialises in competition policy, and in digital, media and technology markets. She first joined Oxera in 2013, and again in 2021 after spending two years developing policy recommendations for the data economy at a German digital policy think tank. Aline’s work concentrates on competition analysis in the context of competition investigations, mergers and litigations across Europe, but also includes impact assessments, regulatory reviews and consumer policy. She has advised clients across a broad range of sectors, with a particular focus on media, technology and digital markets as well as pharmaceuticals and retail. She has provided expert opinions in Parliaments and taught courses on competition in digital markets.

Aline speaks English, German, and Spanish.

Tel: +49 (0) 30 7675 99110

Aline's specialisms include:

Selected
professional experience

  • Provided training on competition and privacy to competition professionals from across the world (2021)

  • Advised a comparison website with respect to a complaint about supplier policies to restrict access to price data (2015–19)

  • Provided training on antitrust in digital markets to judges from across Europe (2018)

  • Advised Which? on the economic assessment of consumer data in digital markets (2018)

  • Led a study for a European media industry on the design of a data platform that accounts for competition concerns (2016–17)

  • Advised a German manufacturer on the damages arising from the German sugar cartel (2016–17)

Selected
publications

  • Blankertz, A. (2021), ‘Vertrauliche Datentreuhand. Wie die Datentreuhand effektiv Daten schützen und sichern kann’, Datenschutz und Datensicherheit, forthcoming.

  • Blankertz, A. and Specht, L. (2021), ‘What regulation for data trusts should look like’, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.

  • Specht-Riemenschneider, L., Blankertz, A., Sierek, P., Schneider, R., Knapp, J. and Henne, T. (2021), ‘Die Datentreuhand’, MMR supplement, 25.

  • Blankertz, A. (2020), ‘How competition impacts data privacy. And why competition authorities should care’, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.

  • Jenkins, H. and Blankertz, A. (2020), ‘Regulating e-commerce through competition rules: a fairness agenda?’, pp. 109–124 in D. Gerard, A. Komninos and D. Waelbroeck (eds), Fairness in EU Competition Policy: Significance and Implications. An Inquiry into the Soul and Spirit of Competition Enforcement in Europe, GCLC Annual Conference Series.

  • Blankertz, A. (2020), ‘Designing Data Trusts. Why we need to test consumer data trusts now’, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.

Qualifications

  • MA HSG Economics, University of St Gallen, Switzerland

  • BA Politics and Economics, University of Münster, Germany