Kabuki Dances or Rube Goldberg Machines? Vertical Analyses of Media Mergers

An article by Dr Cristina Caffarra, Professor Gregory S Crawford and Dr Helen Weeds has been published today by the CPI Antitrust Chronicle.  The article summarises key considerations in recent vertical media mergers in the U.S. and EU and shows how AT&T/TW deviated from these in important ways: in failing to consider that the integrated entity might foreclose over-the-top video providers in its role as ISP, in its ready grant of efficiency claims, and in its evisceration of the use of bargaining models in vertical merger analysis.

Read the article here.