1. Mergers and the public interest: a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

    On 16 October 2018, John Fingleton delivered a paper on the public interest test in mergers, focusing on the government’s consultation into expanding its powers to intervene on national security grounds. Our paper argues that the existing public interest tests – on the grounds of media quality and plurality, financial stability and the current national […]

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    Open Energy – report published by Federation of Small Business

    In 2018, the Federation of Small Business commissioned Fingleton Associates to undertake a report into the use of open APIs and other open data standards in the energy sector, with a particular focus on the SME energy market. Our report argues that smart meters will substantially increase the volume of data available, but that the […]

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  3. Ireland is the passenger in the Brexit car crash

    Originally published in the Irish Times on 30 June 2016. In April and May I gave talks in Ireland about the implications of Brexit on Ireland. I did not expect the UK to vote for Brexit, although I saw it as a clear possibility. I likened Ireland to the passenger in a car who has little […]

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  4. Regulation of P2P networks

    The Journal of European Competition Law & Practice has published an Economists’ Note written by John Fingleton and David Stallibrass on Peer to Peer businesses and regulation. The note argues that P2P businesses often create value by solving many of the market failures that traditional regulation was designed to correct. As a consequence, regulators should have […]

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  5. BBC Fair Trading Policy Review – report published by the BBC Trust

    As part of its review of the BBC Fair Trading Policy, the BBC Trust commissioned Fingleton Associates to undertake an independent assessment of the BBC’s Fair Trading Policy and Framework. Today it has published our report alongside a consultation document setting out proposed changes to the Policy. The BBC’s Fair Trading Obligation Due to its […]

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  6. CPI Europe Column: Can Competition Policy Drive Growth in Europe?

    Building on his remarks at the European Competition Day in Rome in October 2014, John Fingleton has written about competition policy and growth for Competition Policy International‘s Europe Column. You can read John’s CPI Europe Column here: https://www.competitionpolicyinternational.com/can-competition-policy-drive-growth-in-europe.

  7. John Fingleton speaking at the European Competition Day 2014 in Rome.
  8. The energy market needs a Competition Commission investigation

    If our politicians genuinely want to make the UK energy market perform more effectively, and to serve UK consumers, they should support a reference of the market by Ofgem, the energy regulator, to the Competition Commission (CC). This is the proven and established approach for addressing competition problems, and it is regrettable that Ofgem has […]

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  9. Why freezing energy prices is a bad idea

    Ed Milliband’s proposal (if elected) to freeze prices from 2015 and re-structure the market has a number of serious problems. First, it is very unlikely to work in practice. It is very difficult to regulate retail prices to consumers when the wholesale price is so variable. California tried it a decade ago with disastrous results. […]

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  10. John at the WIRED Money conference 2013
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    Competition in UK Banking

    On 16 February 2012, John Fingleton gave a speech at the seminar ‘A competitive banking sector: Challenges in a post-crisis environment’ organised by MLex in association with Lloyds Banking Group.

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