DG Comp to consider common ownership in mergers

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition will consider common ownership in its merger analysis, a senior official said, and the Dow/DuPont decision shows competition authorities are not “blind” to the issue.

Direct intervention into markets is not necessary, CMA official says

While politicians and the public are “much less convinced” about the benefits of competition law than they once were and the media is calling for a more regulatory approach, the chief economic adviser of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority expressed doubts that such direct intervention in markets is beneficial.

CADE blocks Batista merger

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has blocked a bid from billionaire José Batista Júnior’s JBJ Agropecuária to buy out rival slaughterhouse and cattle farming business Mataboi Participações after the deal sparked concerns over the market power of the Batista family’s business group.

Trump nominates FTC chair and commissioner

President Donald Trump yesterday nominated Joseph Simons to lead the Federal Trade Commission and tapped Rohit Chopra to serve as a Democratic commissioner; he also plans to nominate Noah Phillips as a Republican commissioner.

Judge tells FTC and Impax to connect witness testimony to exhibits

The Federal Trade Commission’s administrative law judge on Thursday declined to rule on whether some exhibits were admissible during a pre-trial hearing between the agency and generic drugmaker Impax Laboratories, who is accused of participating in a pay-for-delay scheme with brand name drug company Endo.  

Massachusetts’ competition bar

Boston maintains a core group of respected and accomplished antitrust lawyers. Charles McConnell took some time out of the sweltering Washington, DC summer heat to meet with the top practices in the Massachusetts capital.

EU Cartel Analysis: The Appeals

As part of GCR’s third EU Cartel Survey, we examined five years of court decisions stemming from appeals against European Commission cartel cases. The data implies that DG Comp sees its decisions overturned or amended before the EU's High Court more often than observers have suggested.

DG Comp to consider common ownership in mergers

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition will consider common ownership in its merger analysis, a senior official said, and the Dow/DuPont decision shows competition authorities are not “blind” to the issue.

Spain sacks deputy head of advocacy unit

Spain’s competition enforcer this week sacked the deputy director of its competition advocacy unit, just weeks after unit director Antonio Maudes left his role at the authority.

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