2010

01 Jan 2010

Transdev/Veolia. On 10 December 2010 the Dutch Competition authority NMa unconditionally approved the merger between public transport companies Transdev (Connexxion) and Veolia in the Netherlands, despite relatively high combined market shares. Lexonomics provided economic advice to Transdev during the in-depth investigation by the NMa.

Conditional rebates CRV. On 7 October 2010 the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) published its judgment in the CRV case on various discount schemes of CRV that were assessed by the NMa as constituting abuse of dominance. At the request of CRV Lexonomics carried out an economic analysis from which it became clear that the discounts schemes did not have anticompetitive effects. The CBb decided, with numerous references to the Lexonomics analysis, that the discount schemes were not abusive.

Competitive assessment of healthcare groups. In Juy 2010 the Dutch Healthcare authority (NZa) published its view on competition aspects of healthcare groups, organisations in which individual healthcare providers cooperate to provide care for chronic diseases. In August 2010 the Dutch Competition authority NMa and the NZa jointly published their Guidelines Healthcare Groups. Lexonomics provided economic advice to the NZa in relation to both publications.

Agrifirm/Cehave. On 6 May 2010 the Dutch Competition authority NMa unconditionally approved the merger between Agrifirm and Cehave. Lexonomics gave economic advice to the parties during the licensing phase.

Countervailing buyer power. On 16 February 2010 the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) published its decision upholding the 2008 market analysis decision regarding fixed terminating access services by the Dutch telecommunications regulator OPTA. Lexonomics carried out a study on countervailing buyer power for OPTA that is central in this decision.

Quantification of damages. On 26 January 2010 DG Competition of the European Commission organised an expert workshop on the quantification of damages as a result of competition law infringements. The various contributions, including a contribution by Theon van Dijk, together with Frank Verboven, can be found on DG Competition’s website.