Maverick Advocaten assisted market parties in Google and Facebook-investigations European Commission

The European Commission ("Commission") has approached and questioned various (online) market players as part of its research into (the advertising services of) Google and Facebook.

Google investigation by the Commission

Diederik Schrijvershof and Ramesh Kaushik represented a market party regarding the European Commission’s investigation of Google. The European Commission is investigating the possible anticompetitive effects of Google’s position on the market for online advertising services. More information on the European Commission’s investigation of Google can be found here and here.

Facebook investigation by the Commission

In 2019 and 2020, the European Commission also contacted and interviewed several online market parties as part of its investigation of Facebook’s advertising services. Diederik Schrijvershof and Wouter Jans represented a market party regarding the European Committee’s investigation of Facebook. In response to complaints from competitors of Facebook, the European Commission is investigating the possible anticompetitive effects of Facebook’s position on the market for online advertising services. More information on the European Commission’s investigation of Facebook can be found here and here.

ACM/Commission and the digital economy

ACM recently reported that it wished to focus its activities within the digital economy in 2020/2021 on (i) online deception and (ii) access to platforms and ecosystems. There are also rumours that the European Commission is planning to start a sector inquiry into the digital economy and the services in question.

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Contact details

Diederik Schrijvershof

T +31 20 238 20 03
M +31 6 81 364 318

Ramesh Kaushik

T +31 20 238 20 14
M +31 6 47 000 133

Wouter Jans

T +31 20 238 20 06
M +31 6 46 666 347