Should Germany Introduce a Law on the Dissolution of Dominant Enterprises? (Zur Zweckmäßigkeit eines Entflechtungsgesetzes) (German)

10 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2010

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Christian Kersting

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 25, 2010

Abstract

This article analyzes a proposed amendment to German competition law. The proposed amendment entitles the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) to order the dissolution of dominant enterprises in order to stimulate competition. The article argues that this proposal should be abandoned for several reasons: First, such a possibility creates a disincentive to internal growth and runs counter to the general objectives of competition law. Second, the scope of application is unclear. Third, there is need for European and international coordination without which the proposal will not be effective in practice.

Note: downloadable document is in German

Keywords: Competition Law, German Federal Cartel Office, Dissolution, Market Dominance, § 32 II GWB, §§ 41a, 42a GWB-E, Merger Control, Internal Growth, Fostering Competition, Bundeskartellamt, Europäische Koordination, Internes Wachstum, Entfechtung, Marktbeherrschende Stellung, Wettbewerbsanreize

JEL Classification: G30, G38, K20, K22, K23

Suggested Citation

Kersting, Christian, Should Germany Introduce a Law on the Dissolution of Dominant Enterprises? (Zur Zweckmäßigkeit eines Entflechtungsgesetzes) (German) (August 25, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1665021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1665021

Christian Kersting (Contact Author)

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf - Faculty of Law ( email )

Universitätsstr. 1
Düsseldorf, D-40225
Germany
0211 8111660 (Phone)

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