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The Concept of an 'Undertaking': The Boundaries of the Corporation - A Discussion of Agency, Employees and Subsidiaries

EC COMPETITION LAW: A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT, G. Amato & C. Ehlermann, eds., Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2007

24 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2009 Last revised: 27 Nov 2013

Christopher Townley

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law; A Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute

Date Written: March 12, 2009

Abstract

A paper discussing the limits of the notion of 'undertaking' for the purposes of European competition (antitrust) law. It examines the definition in relation to individuals (particularly the self-employed and consumers) and corporate groups (single economic entity) to understand where the boundaries of the undertaking are located. It then advocates certain changes to the current position, in light of Article 81 EC's myriad goals.

Keywords: single economic entity, article 81, 81 EC, undertaking, objective, consumers, self-employed, competition law, antitrust

JEL Classification: K21, K32, K33

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Townley, Christopher, The Concept of an 'Undertaking': The Boundaries of the Corporation - A Discussion of Agency, Employees and Subsidiaries (March 12, 2009). EC COMPETITION LAW: A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT, G. Amato & C. Ehlermann, eds., Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1358649

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King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law ( email )

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A Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute ( email )

London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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