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Governments hear many e-commerce complaints, says CMA chief

Governments hear many e-commerce complaints, says CMA chief

03 February 2017

The UK Competition and Markets Authority is not the only place companies go to protest how commerce is changing, the enforcer’s acting chief executive said today.

DOJ takes more care with leniency markers, says acting antitrust head

DOJ takes more care with leniency markers, says acting antitrust head

03 February 2017

Brent Snyder, the acting head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said today that the agency has learned from recent criminal enforcement that it needs to slow its process for determining the breadth of leniency to grant an applicant. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live Miami

Feinstein: “I fear the day” US FTC is asked to consider jobs

Feinstein: “I fear the day” US FTC is asked to consider jobs

03 February 2017

The director of the US Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition said today that the agency is not equipped to factor employment into merger analysis.

Agencies may lack tools to fight anticompetitive algorithms, says CMA chair

03 February 2017

Competition and Markets Authority chair Lord David Currie suggested today that antitrust enforcers might not have the tools required to investigate whether and how the growing number of online algorithms might affect competition.

Ohlhausen: FTC will continue to address state-imposed competition restrictions

Ohlhausen: FTC will continue to address state-imposed competition restrictions

03 February 2017

During one of her first addresses as acting head of the Federal Trade Commission, Maureen Ohlhausen emphasised that one of her policy goals is to continue working with states to reduce barriers to competition. Alex Wilts at GCR Live in Miami

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

02 February 2017

Companies may have to face some uncertainty as the price of special tax treatment that “from a state aid point of view had gotten out of control”, the head of state aid at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said yesterday.

US and EU converge on mergers but not unilateral conduct, enforcers say

US and EU converge on mergers but not unilateral conduct, enforcers say

27 January 2017

Senior officials at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division and the European Commission’s competition authority said yesterday that there is no substantive gap in how they review deals, but acknowledged that they enforce differently against abusive conduct.

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

30 November 2016

European Commission state aid head Gert Jan Koopman today rejected criticism that the body is turning itself into a tax enforcer, and insisted that ongoing enforcement against beneficiaries of tax rulings will continue to focus on “outlier” situations where “patently you are looking at something that is off the radar screen”. Tom Webb at GCR Live State Aid in Brussels

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.