Conference Coverage

CMA to continue focus on digital markets and pharmaceuticals

18 May 2017

The enforcement chief of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority today said there are obvious public benefits to focusing on digital and pharmaceutical markets.

Whish: There may not be need for section 60 provision

18 May 2017

UK competition law may be able to exist after Brexit without a provision that obligates national courts and authorities to act consistently with European Court of Justice decisions, Richard Whish QC said today.

Europe targets abuse, not US companies, DG Comp official says

12 May 2017

The European Commission uses its enforcement powers to target dominance companies based solely on their conduct, rather than their nationality, a top official at the enforcer said today.

Uber spurs debate among antitrust enforcers

12 May 2017

The issue of vehicle-for-hire platforms drew a spectrum of views from top officials at competition authorities yesterday, as they argued about the need for regulation in response to disruptive technologies – on the same day an advocate general at the European Court of Justice opined that Uber is a transport service.

Observers split on enforcers’ work as public interest concerns grow

11 May 2017

Antitrust enforcers have mostly accepted that countries must consider factors such as jobs and the environment when weighing mergers, but those enforcers and practitioners disagree as to who should judge such non-antitrust considerations.

Ohlhausen: keep privacy out of antitrust

Ohlhausen: keep privacy out of antitrust

11 May 2017

The acting chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission today said antitrust enforcers should not expand their remit to include non-competition concerns, and contrasted her agency’s handling of Facebook/WhatsApp with that of the European Commission.

Vestager urges enforcers to restore trust in globalisation

Vestager urges enforcers to restore trust in globalisation

11 May 2017

Competition agencies can help to reassure citizens about the fairness of economic systems, including by fighting anticompetitive actions by other parts of government, Margrethe Vestager said yesterday.

Excessive pricing continues to divide US from peers

10 May 2017

The director of civil enforcement at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division insisted today that antitrust authorities are ill-suited to enforce against prices simply being too high, but other competition agencies disagreed.

Officials address growing concerns over global leniency

Officials address growing concerns over global leniency

10 May 2017

Officials from some of the world’s largest and most high-profile antitrust enforcers say the growing complexity and proliferation of international leniency programmes appears to have contributed to a decline in whistleblowers turning over information about global cartels.

Mundt: Internet economy requires policing against abuse of dominance

Mundt: Internet economy requires policing against abuse of dominance

10 May 2017

The head of Germany’s antitrust watchdog today said serial monopolies increasingly dominate the internet economy, and that the world’s competition authorities must ask themselves whether and when they should step in to ensure competition is preserved online.