DotEcon commissioned to undertake research on competition effects of minority interests

The OFT has commissioned DotEcon to explore the circumstances in which minority interests held in competitors – including partial share ownerships, interlocking directorates, loans and certain financial derivative holdings (such as Contracts for Differences) – might weaken competition. The objective of the study is to provide insight into whether the actual use of these practices might represent a legitimate potential competition concern. DotEcon expects to complete its work by March 2010.

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