Conference Coverage

OECD expert: competition reduces corruption

OECD expert: competition reduces corruption

21 November 2016

A senior competition law expert at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said that antitrust authorities’ work benefits their countries politically as well as economically – but warned against the effects of excessive transparency.

Dutch supermarket consolidation harmed non-price competition, economist says

16 November 2016

Paolo Buccirossi, founder of the Lear consultancy in Rome, said divestiture remedies attached to a 2012 supermarket tie-up in the Netherlands were “not completely effective”, as the merger negatively affected the variety of products available to consumers. Sonya Lalli in Amsterdam

DG Comp didn’t have to adhere to guidance in its Intel analysis, Madero says

DG Comp didn’t have to adhere to guidance in its Intel analysis, Madero says

08 November 2016

Despite the European Commission having appeared to endorse the as-efficient competitor test in a guidance paper, the agency’s deputy director-general for antitrust yesterday said the test was not required and questioned whether it was even appropriate. Pallavi Guniganti in New York

DG Comp antitrust deputy defends 2004 modernisation

DG Comp antitrust deputy defends 2004 modernisation

07 November 2016

Handing off more cases to EU member states’ competition authorities and allowing the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition to focus on the most serious infringements has worked well, Cecilio Madero Villarejo insisted today.

Hong Kong judge examines private litigation

Hong Kong judge examines private litigation

20 October 2016

The president of Hong Kong’s Competition Tribunal has said that economic torts may be more expeditious than follow-on actions under the jurisdiction’s private enforcement regime for litigants who seek damages for allegedly anticompetitive acts. Tom Webb in Hong Kong

Local lawyers highlight quirks of China probes

Local lawyers highlight quirks of China probes

18 October 2016

Chinese enforcers’ insistence on confessions and self-reporting are among the features that distinguish their procedures from defence rights in many other jurisdictions, practitioners explained today. Tom Webb in Hong Kong

ECJ failure to clarify by-object analysis is “really frustrating”, says Whish

ECJ failure to clarify by-object analysis is “really frustrating”, says Whish

Premium 13 July 2016

The European Court of Justice should have taken the opportunity to clarify what constitutes a by-object restriction in a recent market-sharing case, Richard Whish QC said yesterday. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The bigger picture

DG Comp state aid chief dispels “myths” about tax rulings

DG Comp state aid chief dispels “myths” about tax rulings

Premium 13 July 2016

The head of state aid at Europe’s competition watchdog yesterday said his agency’s concern about member states’ tax rulings centres on how they may diverge from what courts would seem to prescribe, but that his agency is not writing formal guidance for companies. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The bigger picture

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

Premium 12 July 2016

Discussing the European Court of Justice’s decision on injunctive relief available to standard-essential patent holders, Robert O’Donoghue at Brick Court Chambers called the court-imposed procedural obligations in patent negotiations rigid, undemocratic and out of tune with “real world” SEP litigation. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture

DG Comp economist defends US FTC thinking on Staples/Office Depot

DG Comp economist defends US FTC thinking on Staples/Office Depot

Premium 11 July 2016

Intervening in deals that would harm large customers with specific requirements, even if they would still obtain better prices than other consumers after a merger, is not “difficult to accept,” a head of unit and member of the chief competition economist’s team at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said today. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture