A Re-awakening of the Failing Firm Defense in the EU in the Aftermath of COVID-19?

Competition Policy International, April 2020

13 Pages Posted: 13 May 2020

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Assimakis Komninos

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Jan Jeram

White & Case LLP

Iakovos Sarmas

White & Case Europe LLP

Date Written: April 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 crisis raises the question of how EU merger control will be adapted. In particular, whether the standards for accepting the so-called "failing firm defense" will be relaxed by the European Commission. We discuss the case law and make a few observations on how the FFD is going to play going forward.

Keywords: COVID-19, EU merger control, failing firm defense

Suggested Citation

Komninos, Assimakis and Jeram, Jan and Sarmas, Iakovos, A Re-awakening of the Failing Firm Defense in the EU in the Aftermath of COVID-19? (April 2020). Competition Policy International, April 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3596794

Assimakis Komninos (Contact Author)

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Jan Jeram

White & Case LLP ( email )

United States

Iakovos Sarmas

White & Case Europe LLP ( email )

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Brussels, 1040
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