Registrations are now open for the second edition of the online course Merger Control: Recent Developments in Digital Markets, jointly organised with the Florence School of Regulation – Communications and Media. The course represents the second block of the Annual Training on Competition and Regulation in the Digital Era.
Firms active in digital markets have proven remarkably active in mergers and acquisitions (M&As), constantly seeking to absorb companies — especially new start-ups — with a view to expanding their ecosystem while consolidating their market share.
One common concern raised by M&As is that such transactions might have the objective to prevent the acquired company from becoming a competitive threat: this is particularly relevant in the context of digital markets, where firms compete for the market rather than in the market and where competition from small market players is essential to discipline incumbent’s behaviour. Moreover, most of the M&As happen beyond the radar of competition authorities as the majority of these transactions do not reach the thresholds that trigger merger control.
Competition and regulation professionals interested in fine-tuning their expertise on merger control are invited to apply for the second edition of the online training on Merger Control: Recent Developments in Digital markets.
Jointly organised by the Florence Competition Programme and the Florence School of Regulation — Communications and Media, the course will equip participants with all the knowledge and practical tools needed to understand the challenges raised by the latest developments in mergers and acquisitions.
5 free seats available for officials from National Competition Authorities of low-income countries
The online training is organised in cooperation with the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UNCTAD will assign 5 free seats to officials from National Competition Authorities of low-income countries.
Early bird discount for registrations completed by 17 January
To learn more about the course structure, content, fees scheme, and free seats for officials from low-income countries, visit the web page Merger Control: Recent Developments in Digital markets.