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How should antitrust authorities investigate deals that threaten potential competition?

This is a focus for antitrust regulators across the globe, which is playing out most publicly in the context of acquisitions and business practices, in particular in the digital sector, that threaten nascent competitors and are feared to be ‘killer acquisitions’.

Antitrust authorities and policy makers across Europe, the U.S. and China stepped-up efforts to address these concerns in 2020 by adapting merger control tools, introducing new legislation to protect competition in the digital space and pursuing behavioural actions against large digital platforms.