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CLF Meeting: Online Platforms

Event Details

Time: 17:00-19:00 (Registration from 16:30)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

It is recognised that online platforms, which comprise a wide range of software-based technologies, are drivers of growth and innovation, which benefit a competitive environment. Online platforms have transformed how we interact and transact. Successful online platforms with strong network effects can act as the main provider in a sector and be an unavoidable trading partner for dependent businesses. Such platforms usually possess substantial market power and can dictate the flow of personal data and exploit consumers.

This roundtable discussion will consider questions such as (I) is the changing market reality shifting powers into the hands of the few? (II) have certain platforms in certain sectors become utilities? (III) is the current regulatory framework 'fit for purpose'? and (IV) what are the resulting risks to competition and consumers?


  • Lorenzo Coppi, Compass Lexecon


  • Christian D'Cunha, Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Professor Ariel Ezrachi, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • Helen Jenkins, Oxera
  • Barry Lynn, New America, Washington, DC

This event is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

This is a Competition Law Forum event hosted under the Chatham House Rule.

Attendance is by invitation only

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Becoming a member of the CLF

The Competition Law Forum is a centre of excellence for European competition and antitrust policy and law at BIICL. It provides a forum in which the practical application of competition policy is considered by lawyers, economists, senior business managers, public servants, public affairs professionals, consumer bodies and other specialist practitioners. The Forum identifies areas requiring debate and analysis, and provides the required forum and experts, thereby contributing to policy initiatives. In doing so it also produces leading-edge applied research, analysis and recommendations on the content, methodologies and application of competition policy at all levels of governance - national, European and global.

To enquire about becoming a member of the Forum, please contact Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Competition Law Forum Director

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