Conference Coverage

Google lawyer praises IP limitations 

Google lawyer praises IP limitations 

18 September 2017

Limitations placed on copyright protections have allowed online technology companies to infuse markets with the kind of economic benefits associated with robust competition, Google's lead competition lawyer said last week.

Laitenberger: Competition can promote economic fairness

15 September 2017

A top EU antitrust official today said antitrust enforcement has its limits, but that he and his peers must do all they can within those limits to ensure their work promotes economic and social fairness.

Laitenberger: damages directive effect on leniency applications "speculative"

Laitenberger: damages directive effect on leniency applications "speculative"

15 September 2017

The European Commission's top antitrust official has said cartelists who are slowed in applying for leniency by concern about private follow-on actions are setting themselves up for even greater damages claims.

Mundt denies "hipster competition" charge against European enforcement

Mundt denies "hipster competition" charge against European enforcement

14 September 2017

The president of Germany's Federal Cartel Office has defended his authority and others in Europe against criticisms of intervention in the dynamic digital economy.

FAS officials say more tools are needed for digital markets enforcement

FAS officials say more tools are needed for digital markets enforcement

14 September 2017

Officials at Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service today said more tools are needed in order for the agency to effectively combat antitrust violations in the growing digital economy.

French enforcer to review lawyers' gun-jumping guideline suggestions

French enforcer to review lawyers' gun-jumping guideline suggestions

12 September 2017

In the wake of a controversial €80 million penalty on Altice for integrating with its merger target before its deal was cleared, the president of France's Competition Authority has said local lawyers are drafting guidance on acceptable conduct during a pending merger for the enforcer's informal feedback.

US and EU enforcers clash on need for intervention in new markets

12 September 2017

Remarks by top officials at the US antitrust agencies and their EU and French counterparts at a conference today indicated at least rhetorical disagreement about how much action competition authorities should take in fast-moving digital markets.

Mundt expects Facebook findings this year

Mundt expects Facebook findings this year

08 September 2017

Germany's Federal Cartel Office is still investigating Facebook over how it obtains its stockpiles of user data, but the agency's president said today he expects the agency to release its initial findings this year.

FTC chair calls for others to follow US "self-restraint"

FTC chair calls for others to follow US "self-restraint"

08 September 2017

All competition authorities should follow the approach of the US antitrust agencies on the extraterritoriality of merger and conduct remedies, acting Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said today.

Court rulings don't require immediate shift, Mundt says

Court rulings don't require immediate shift, Mundt says

08 September 2017

While recent judgments by the highest courts of the EU and Germany regarding rebates and compliance programmes must be considered, the head of the Federal Cartel Office said they do not necessitate a sudden change in his agency's practice.