Jens-Uwe Franck

Jens-Uwe Franck is Professor of Private Law, Commercial Law and Competition Law at the University of Mannheim and Senior Member of the Mannheim Center of Competition and Innovation—MaCCI (since 2014). While his main field of research is competition law, research projects regularly address cross-cutting issues and also concern banking and securities regulation as well as consumer protection. Jens-Uwe has widely published in leading European and German law journals including the European Law Review, the Common Market Law Review and the Zeitschrift für das gesamte Handelsrecht. He has repeatedly engaged in research projects with economists. An empirical study on collusion coauthored with Patrick Andreoli-Versbach was published in the International Journal of Industrial Organization. A prize-winning article on cartel damages coauthored with Martin Peitz (Winner, Antitrust Writing Awards 2019: Academic Articles, Private Enforcement) was published in the NYU Journal of Law and Business. Jens-Uwe’s research has for some years now more specifically focused on competition practice and the regulation of digital platforms. Together with Martin Peitz, he wrote the widely acknowledged report on “Market Definition and Market Power in the Platform Economy” for the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). In recent research papers, he has analyzed the German “Lex Apple Pay,” a legislative attempt to give payment service providers a right to directly access the NFC interfaces of Apple’s mobile devices (coauthored with Dimitrios Linardatos) and measured the EU Member States’ leeway to regulate platform-to-business agreements (coauthored with Nils Stock).

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Former special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy Tim Wu responds to the November 27 letter signed by former chief economists at the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department Antitrust Division calling for a separation of the legal and economic analysis in the draft Merger Guidelines.

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