Conference Coverage

Stop talking about the “dark side” of big data, says German enforcer

Stop talking about the “dark side” of big data, says German enforcer

17 November 2017

A Federal Cartel Office official has said the antitrust community should stop talking about the “dark side” of big data.

Legal changes could be needed for tacit algorithm collusion, says German official

Legal changes could be needed for tacit algorithm collusion, says German official

17 November 2017

The head of competition and consumer policy at Germany’s ministry of economics and energy has said he does not believe a change in the law is needed to deal with algorithms – but policymakers will need to decide whether algorithms colluding tacitly will require a “gap to be filled”.

Delrahim stakes out position against behavioural remedies

Delrahim stakes out position against behavioural remedies

17 November 2017

The chief of the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has said the agency will return to structural relief to remedy anticompetitive mergers, rather than applying the behavioural remedies that were used under the previous administration.

Lawyers bemoan unclear new German merger thresholds

Lawyers bemoan unclear new German merger thresholds

16 November 2017

Two lawyers have described new amendments to Germany’s merger thresholds as “unclear” and “problematic”.

German judge: we need more time to hear cases

German judge: we need more time to hear cases

16 November 2017

A German judge has said new disclosure rules have made it more complex and time-consuming to deal with antitrust cases.

GCR Live Women in Antitrust: in pictures

GCR Live Women in Antitrust: in pictures

14 November 2017

At the inaugural GCR Live Women in Antitrust last week, a host of the world's top practitioners, economists, academics and enforcers came together for discussion and debate at the Williard Intercontinental in Washington, DC.

US and Mexico antitrust heads diverge on regulation

13 November 2017

The head of Mexico’s competition authority called for “smart regulation” as a tool to promote competition in the Mexican market last week, but acting US Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen warned that excessive regulation could dampen competition.

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

10 November 2017

A panel of experts, including former US Department of Justice acting antitrust head Renata Hesse, have lamented the development of unilateral conduct cases in Europe, and voiced concerns that the European Commission may be motivated by politics and public relations.

Privacy is part of antitrust, says former EU official

Privacy is part of antitrust, says former EU official

10 November 2017

The former deputy chief economist of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market and Industry has said antitrust enforcers could use the degradation of privacy as proof of competitive harm, but would also have to show that data collection stemmed from market power.

Beijing lawyer denies China’s authorities favour national interests

Beijing lawyer denies China’s authorities favour national interests

10 November 2017

Acknowledging that outsiders often perceive that China’s three competition authorities as favouring Chinese companies and national interests, JunHe partner Yingling Wei denied that populism has had a visible effect on antitrust enforcement in China.