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“We don’t have enough people” for cartel and abuse cases, says CMA head

“We don’t have enough people” for cartel and abuse cases, says CMA head

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The acting chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority said today that the agency doesn’t have the staffing resources to tackle its current Competition Act caseload, due to the demands made by major market investigations. Tom Madge-Wyld at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

Senior CMA economist: be “wary of intervening” based on a single forecast

Senior CMA economist: be “wary of intervening” based on a single forecast

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Mike Walker, chief economic adviser to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, today said government should “take a hands-off approach” to mergers where harm from the deal is predicted to occur only if a particular set of events takes place. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

Coscelli: Three/O2 confirms “reset” of telecoms merger control

Coscelli: Three/O2 confirms “reset” of telecoms merger control

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In his first speech as the acting chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, Andrea Coscelli today praised the European Commission for reversing a trend of consolidation in telecoms markets, two months after it blocked a proposed tie-up between Three and O2. Tom Madge-Wyld at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

DG Comp’s mobile merger reviews need more nuance, says A&O partner

DG Comp’s mobile merger reviews need more nuance, says A&O partner

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Allen & Overy partner Kees Schillemans today said the European Commission should adopt a more nuanced approach when assessing mobile-to-mobile tie-ups to take into account the sector’s “data-centric” shift, as merging companies that drive competition may act differently in post-merger scenarios. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

GCR Live: Brussels turns to Brexit

GCR Live: Brussels turns to Brexit

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Uncertainty has reigned since the electorate of the UK voted in favour of the country leaving the EU; a week today, speakers at GCR’s flagship annual conference will start to untangle what this means for competition law and policy. 

Snyder: Yates memo could lead to pursuit of top executives

Snyder: Yates memo could lead to pursuit of top executives

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A US Department of Justice directive to charge executives for their roles in corporate crime has emboldened prosecutors to pursue company bosses accused of antitrust wrongdoing even if the government might struggle to make its case, a deputy head of the DoJ’s antitrust division said today. Ron Knox at GCR Live in New York City.

Senior DG Comp official defends merger decisions in innovative sectors

Senior DG Comp official defends merger decisions in innovative sectors

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A head of unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition today said the enforcer has obtained the right outcomes on mergers in innovative sectors, even as facts have changed or turned out to be different to what the competition authority believed. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels

US judge calls ECJ Huawei ruling “second-best”

US judge calls ECJ Huawei ruling “second-best”

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The European Court of Justice’s landmark decision on injunctive relief for standard-essential patent infringement drew a mix of compliments and criticism from Judge Douglas Ginsburg and Judge Carsten Zulch today. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels

Disruptive innovators create competition to define markets, Larouche says

Disruptive innovators create competition to define markets, Larouche says

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A professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands today suggested that the European Commission's antitrust enforcement actions against Microsoft and Intel failed to solve competition problems in those markets and proposed a new model to assess disruptive innovation in competition analyses. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels.

Nokia counsel: SEP implementers increasingly hold out

Nokia counsel: SEP implementers increasingly hold out

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Nokia’s litigation head today said implementers of standard-essential patents have become braver about refusing to pay SEP holders in the last decade. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels.