26 Jan 2022 Fideres’s Head of Digital Markets publishes in new blockchain antitrust book
Dr. Chris Pike, Partner at Fideres and Head of Digital Markets, has contributed a chapter to a new book on blockchain and competition policy. Building on his past publications on the topic for the OECD Competition Committee, Competition Law & Policy Debate, and the OECD Blockchain Policy Centre, this paper focuses less on the antitrust risks posed by blockchain technology, and more on the reasons for optimism, and in particular, why decentralised permission-less blockchains might offer the prospect of radical pro-competitive and inclusive efficiencies, and hence might contribute to a pro-competitive industrial policy. It therefore proposes that governments and agencies be pro-active in exploring whether actions by incumbents and regulators might create barriers to the emergence of a particular type of Blockchain, specifically decentralised permission-less blockchains with platform functionality.
You can find more information on the publication here.
Chris joined Fideres in 2021. Chris holds a PhD, an MA and BA in Economics from the University of East Anglia. Before joining Fideres, Chris worked as a Competition Expert for the OECD where he led the economic thinking on antitrust and regulation within digital markets, as well the role for competition law & policy in delivering inclusivity. He also led a working party of the OECD Competition Committee in developing a new international standard on competitive neutrality and a revision of the standard on competitive assessment (in light of the digitalization of the economy). Prior to the OECD, Chris advised the UK government’s Department of Trade & Industry on the benefits of competition policy, and the UK Competition Commission (predecessor to the Competition and Markets Authority) on digital mergers, retail market investigations and competition cases. He was an advisor to the Co-operation and Competition Panel, where he advised on mergers, market studies and antitrust in publicly-funded healthcare markets, and later became Director of Competition Economics at the UK Healthcare Regulator.
Chris is a founding member of the Centre for Competition Policy of the University of East Anglia. He remains an associate of the Centre, a member of various advisory boards at non-profit making organizations, and peer reviews papers for the Journal of Competition Law and Economics & the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.