Taking Stock 

Regulators need to broaden scope

Taking Stock

Last week, European Commission antitrust regulators raided the Munich offices of BMW (Ger:BMW). Given intensified scrutiny in the wake of the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, the Bavarian blue-chip is unlikely to be the last German automaker hauled over the coals, but the raid might tie into a wider narrative as global regulators step up efforts to curtail practices that inhibit fair-trade and competition. It could be argued, however, that because global commerce is evolving so rapidly, the regulatory framework governing antitrust issues has failed to keep pace. This is particularly true of digital e-commerce, which presents some unique challenges for regulators, not least of which – jurisdiction. Still, there has been no shortage of activity of late.

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