Conference Coverage

Don’t let populism undercut antitrust, US officials say

Don’t let populism undercut antitrust, US officials say

02 November 2017

The success story of global competition enforcement shouldn’t be undermined by populist cries to politicise antitrust regimes, the heads of international affairs for both the US Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division warned last week.

CORRECTED: Econometrics can help fix problems, says CADE chief economist

CORRECTED: Econometrics can help fix problems, says CADE chief economist

02 November 2017

The chief economist at Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence said last week that econometrics can solve some antitrust problems.

US FTC chair calls out foreign fines

US FTC chair calls out foreign fines

01 November 2017

The acting chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission has criticised the European Commission and other foreign enforcers for basing antitrust fines on companies such as Google on their turnover rather than on the damage done to competition, and for using the same method to calculate fines for abuse of dominance as for cartels.

Canadian enforcer defends immunity shake-up

Canadian enforcer defends immunity shake-up

30 October 2017

The Competition Bureau’s proposal to revise its immunity programme came under fire at the Canadian Bar Association conference, but a senior cartels official argued that the changes are necessary to make the bureau “prosecution ready”.

Pecman backs overhaul to Canada’s efficiencies defence

30 October 2017

While admitting that he lacks the power to bring about change, the head of Canada’s Competition Bureau last week said his agency's approach to efficiencies in merger control cases should be in line with international standards.

Kovacic: Lava Jato is the world’s most important antitrust case

Kovacic: Lava Jato is the world’s most important antitrust case

27 October 2017

Former US Federal Trade Commission chair William Kovacic today said the sprawling Operation Lava Jato investigation is the most important active antitrust case in the world.

US enforcement undercuts its rhetoric, says South African enforcer

US enforcement undercuts its rhetoric, says South African enforcer

27 October 2017

Developing countries get a different message from the US government than Makan Delrahim’s claims about the importance of non-discrimination in competition enforcement, South Africa’s competition commissioner said today.

Novartis antitrust lawyer sceptical of innovation review in pharma mergers

Novartis antitrust lawyer sceptical of innovation review in pharma mergers

27 October 2017

The head of Novartis’ antitrust legal team yesterday said innovation considerations while reviewing mergers in the pharmaceutical industry may be a solution in search of a problem.

Brazil leniency needs improvement, says former CADE commissioner

Brazil leniency needs improvement, says former CADE commissioner

26 October 2017

A former commission of Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence said the authority needs to increase the predictability and reliability of its leniency programme.

Whish: ECJ Intel judgment cements effects-based approach

Whish: ECJ Intel judgment cements effects-based approach

26 October 2017

The European Court of Justice’s ruling that allows Intel to show its rebates did not foreclose competition cements the place of an effects test in EU investigations of alleged exclusionary conduct, a leading expert said yesterday.