Expert Forum: Competition Issues in Platform Markets and the Digital Economy


This Cornerstone Research conference featured speakers from DG Competition, the UK Payment Systems Regulator, private practice, and academia discussing the evolving topic of platform markets.

This expert forum, hosted by Cornerstone Research, featured lawyers, regulators, and economists in conversation about the evolving topic of platform markets. Speakers explored the challenges that dominance presents within online multi-sided markets, as well as the anti-competitive agreements under scrutiny for online payment systems.

Panellists addressed:

  • Challenges in market definition and market power assessment in digital markets
  • Recent European abuse of dominance cases against Google and investigations of other online platforms
  • Dominance in digital platform markets: the role of regulation and competition policy in markets with network effects
  • The role of counterfactuals in economic analyses


  • Boston | London

Vivek Mani

Vice President

Additional Speakers

James Aitken
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Nicholas Banasevic
Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Carole Begent
Head of Legal, Payment Systems Regulator

Neil Gandal
Henry Kaufman Chair in International Capital Markets, Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University

Claire Jeffs
Partner, Slaughter and May

Kate Vernon
Partner and Co-head of Competition Litigation Practice, Quinn Emanuel