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The dark side of partial ownership and financial investment in Europe: What price to pay for consumers and society?

Project description

Re-assessing partial ownership of competitors in Europe

As companies expand and capital markets continue to evolve, corporate ownership has become increasingly more dispersed and intermediated while passive financial investment strategies are more common. As a byproduct of this complex market setting, partial ownership of competing firms is ubiquitous, raising serious questions about the implications for industrial organisation and product market competition. The EU-funded PARTOWNEU project explores the legality of this situation under EU competition law and clarifies the causes and consequences of partial ownership links among rival firms. In particular, the research explores the hidden costs for EU consumers and long-term effects for the EU economy and society of potentially harmful partial ownership, examining its substantive and governance aspects within the EU context. The research intends to produce new scientific knowledge for policymakers and public enforcers, EU citizens and business operating in Europe.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/microeconomics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 191 852,16