Digital Markets

Digital markets pose fundamental challenges for the private enforcement of antitrust, regulatory and consumer protection rules that protect consumers, firms and workers from anti-competitive behaviour and corporate misconduct. These markets often feature platform-based business models, multi-sided markets, direct and indirect network effects, economies of scale and scope and intricate eco-systems which render competition issues more complex and which create scope for exclusionary and exploitative practices. In addition, while digital technologies can sometimes helpfully disrupt concentrated uncompetitive markets, they can also create new opportunities to collude, to exploit and to discriminate. 

 

As the impact of the digital sector extends beyond information goods and services into other areas of the economy, civil society groups, firms across the economy, and policymakers are increasingly being forced into action to defend the rights of consumers and firms to participate in fair, open and competitive markets. Fideres is one of the leading economic consultancies working to address misconduct in digital markets through research and litigation. Through our investigative work, we identify evidence of violations of competition law, regulatory rules and consumer protection laws across the jurisdictions in which we operate. We assist law firms and regulators throughout the life of the litigation, from filing to settlement. 

For any Digital Markets related enquiries please contact Chris Pike at [email protected]

Experts

Services

  • Original Investigations

    • Self-preferencing

    • Exclusive and quasi-exclusive dealing

    • Loyalty discounts

    • Tying and Bundling

    • Margin squeeze

    • Refusal to deal

    • Forced free-riding & content scraping

    • Privacy policy tying

    • Platform envelopment

    • Drip-pricing and other behavioural manipulation

    • Excessive prices or data collection

    • Algorithmic discrimination and personalised pricing

    • Coordinated pricing & price guarantees

    • Online sales bans & minimum internet advertised prices

    • Hub and spoke cartels

    • Algorithmic collusion

  • Creative Problem Solution

    • Impact on prices of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) / Price Parity clauses

    • Market definition

    • Quantification of network effects

    • Rule of reason tests

    • Equally efficient competitor test, vertical arithmetic test

  • High Quality Expert Work

    • Expert reports

    • Expert witness testimony

    • Merits reports 

    • Plan of allocation and settlement distribution

    • Damages analysis

    • Data analysis

Track Record

Research