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Ashurst adds German abilities

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The expansion of Ashurst Morris Crisp’s competition group continues apace. The firm has now secured the services of a German competition specialist, Ute Zinsmeister. She joined the partnership officially on September 1.

James reveals extent of M&A downturn

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In what looks like one of his final public performances (see article on page 13), US Justice Department head Charles James made a better job of spreading the word about the agency’s results and priorities.

DG Comp announces programme for November event

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The European Commission has released details of the programme at its forthcoming conference on merger control to be held in Brussels in November. The event is a follow-up to the highly successful ‘birthday party’ held two years ago to celebrate 10 years of the EC Merger Regulation.

Singapore recruits top economist to develop new law

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Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has made its first high-profile appointment, as the island state bids to introduce a broad-based competition law by 2005.

Argentina names two new chief enforcers

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Argentina has announced the appointment of new personnel in two key enforcement jobs.

Fels to bow out in 2004

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The chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Allan Fels, has announced that he will not be seeking a further term as head of the agency.

Japanese authority announces new chairman

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Kazuhiko Takeshima is to replace Yasuchika Negoro as chairman of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, it has been announced. Takeshima’s appointment was approved by the Japan Diet on July 31.

PwC recruits OFT's Morrison

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has recruited Eric Morrison, a senior economist at the UK’s Office of Fair Trading.

Shock as Swiss enforcer quits

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The president of the Swiss Competition Commission, Roland von Bueren, dropped a bombshell on competition lawyers in Switzerland early September by resigning.

DoJ imprisons French executive

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The US Department of Justice has persuaded a French executive to accept a jail term in the US for organising a cartel. Jacques Jourdan, who works for ElfAtochem, will serve 90 days in a US prison. The sentence came after Jourdan agreed to plead guilty to charges, which the agency announced on August 7.