As part of its continual evaluation programme, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) commissioned Lear to review past merger decisions in the digital sector. The review focuses on:
- how competition authorities generally assess potential competition theories of harm in digital mergers
- whether the assessment in 4 digital merger clearance decisions was reasonable based on the evidence available at the time
- evaluating the market evolution following these mergers
In its review Lear makes recommendations for best practice when considering these issues in future.