Conference Coverage

GCR to host second state aid conference

21 July 2017

Gert Jan Koopman, the European Commission's deputy director-general for state aid, will deliver the keynote address at GCR Live 2nd Annual State Aid in Brussels on 26 September.

Lawyer and economist criticise Google search case

Lawyer and economist criticise Google search case

12 July 2017

A lawyer last week slammed the thinking that underpins the European Commission’s Google search case, while an economist described the theory of harm as not being one she could relate to.

Lawyer bemoans poor DG Comp disclosure

Lawyer bemoans poor DG Comp disclosure

07 July 2017

The European Commission has failed to disclose evidence to defendants in its investigations, a lawyer said this week.

DG Comp official resists need for effects in gun-jumping

DG Comp official resists need for effects in gun-jumping

05 July 2017

A European Commission antitrust official today stressed the importance of being able to punish gun-jumping without having to prove that the misconduct caused real harm.

Whish urges restraint on algorithmic collusion

Whish urges restraint on algorithmic collusion

05 July 2017

King’s College London emeritus professor Richard Whish QC today largely dismissed the potential need for a new model of competition law to deal with algorithmic collusion, arguing that its effects differ little from other traditional tools used for cartel agreements.

No shift in excessive pricing policy, says DG Comp official

No shift in excessive pricing policy, says DG Comp official

04 July 2017

A senior official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition today stressed the small number of excessive pricing cases the EU enforcer has pursued, and said there is “no sign” that stance will change.

Van Gerven: “fairness” in DG Comp enforcement needs explanation

Van Gerven: “fairness” in DG Comp enforcement needs explanation

04 July 2017

The EU’s competition watchdog needs to better explain what “fairness” in competition means, antitrust veteran Gerwin Van Gerven said today.

Bellis: drop in EU appeals will be long-term

Bellis: drop in EU appeals will be long-term

03 July 2017

The reduced number of competition appeals to the EU’s courts is likely to be a lasting development, Jean-François Bellis said today.

The antitrust world must stick together, says former EU official 

19 June 2017

The injection of protectionism and industrial policy concerns into traditional competition law orthodoxy threatens to pull three of the world’s most important antitrust regimes in starkly different directions, the former European Commission official in charge of Brexit negotiations said last week.

Canada to overhaul whistleblower programme 

Canada to overhaul whistleblower programme 

16 June 2017

An official at Canada’s Competition Bureau outlined major planned changes to its immunity and leniency programmes, in an effort to secure crucial information faster and convince more companies to come forward with information about antitrust crimes.