The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) commissioned DotEcon to explore the circumstances in which minority interests held in competitors – including partial share ownerships, interlocking directoships, loans and certain financial derivative holdings (such as Contracts for Differences) – might impact on competition. The objective of the study was to develop an economic framework for the analysis of the competition effects of these instruments.
DotEcon’s final research report has been published today and can be downloaded here or obtained from the OFT’s website. The report is part of the OFT’s Economic Discussion Paper series.
In addition, on Monday 29 March 2010, DotEcon partner Dr. Christian Koboldt will be presenting the findings from this research at an event organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (see www.biicl.org). Chairing this event will be Dr. Amelia Fletcher, Chief Economist at the OFT.