Conference Coverage

DG Comp official weighs in on forthcoming telecoms significant market power guidelines

24 April 2017

An EU competition official today said DG Connect’s upcoming guidance to national telecommunications regulators on how to assess significant market power should stay aligned with DG Comp’s approach to collective dominance.

Lipsky criticises Obama era while leaning on antitrust tradition

Lipsky criticises Obama era while leaning on antitrust tradition

31 March 2017

The acting head of the US Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition today pointed to the Reagan administration and the past 40 years of antitrust jurisprudence as the proper guiding enforcement principles of the Trump Administration.

US DOJ chief clarifies cartel leniency revision

US DOJ chief clarifies cartel leniency revision

31 March 2017

The acting head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division said today that the agency reserves the right to exclude culpable employees from a corporate leniency applicant's protection from prosecution, if the enforcer already has enough evidence to charge them.

Hong Kong enforcer says leniency fine cuts uncertain

31 March 2017

The Hong Kong Competition Commission cannot guarantee what fine reductions will be granted to non-immunity leniency applicants, its chief executive said yesterday.

COFECE head: NAFTA changes unlikely to affect enforcement

31 March 2017

The head of Mexico’s competition authority said on Friday that she does not expect changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement to affect the agency’s antitrust enforcement powers, or its cooperation with the US antitrust enforcers. Alex Wilts at the ABA Spring Meeting

Fines need to hurt, says Vestager

31 March 2017

The EU’s competition commissioner today said the bloc’s antitrust watchdog is determined to ensure it hits companies with fines large enough to deter cartel activity.

Prison will be true test of criminal enforcement, ACCC commissioner says

30 March 2017

The success or struggles of a burgeoning criminal antitrust enforcement regime will hinge on the results of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s two pending cases once they get to court.

New York may police mergers when Trump is absent

New York may police mergers when Trump is absent

30 March 2017

The antitrust chief for the New York attorney general’s office said today that his state and others are “sceptical” of the Trump Administration and will step up to protect consumers against harmful mergers if Trump will not.

Latin American competition enforcers announce new strategic alliance

Latin American competition enforcers announce new strategic alliance

30 March 2017

The chief prosecutor at Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) yesterday announced a new strategic alliance among the antitrust enforcers in his country, Argentina, Chile and Brazil.

More cooperation between states and FTC is likely, say former enforcers

30 March 2017

Former US Federal Trade Commission chairman Timothy Muris suggested today that there could be more opportunities for states and the federal government to work together on issues that stem from state action and occupational licensing.