Conference Coverage

CADE: Amnesty-plus driving Operation Car Wash 

CADE: Amnesty-plus driving Operation Car Wash 

16 June 2017

Brazil’s sprawling investigation into corruption and bid rigging in its construction industry was partly fuelled by a series of related leniency applications filed by companies allegedly involved in the scheme, a senior official with Brazil’s competition watchdog says.

No return to broad public interest test, says official

No return to broad public interest test, says official

16 June 2017

A senior enforcer says the UK government has no intention of going back to the former public interest test for merger control and it is up to government to have the final say on merger policy.

Trump hand in antitrust and NAFTA exit are risky to Mexico and US

16 June 2017

A competition enforcer said he “cannot imagine” the disruption that would be caused by the US leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement, and that he is concerned about political interference in US antitrust policy.

Brexit an "interesting" opportunity for US/UK cooperation

16 June 2017

A senior competition official says Brexit is an opportunity for the US and the UK to develop “novel and undiscovered” institutional arrangements.

US should ease merger review, former FTC official says 

US should ease merger review, former FTC official says 

15 June 2017

A former US Federal Trade Commission official today said the US should drastically reduce both the number of merger notifications it requires companies to provide and the length of time it takes to review deals, in order to help promote business and follow through on President Donald Trump’s pledge to eliminate regulations.

DG Comp takes permissive approach to selective distribution agreements, says official

DG Comp takes permissive approach to selective distribution agreements, says official

08 June 2017

The head of the European Commission’s digital single market task force says the EU antitrust enforcer takes a “permissive” approach to selective distribution agreements, and reiterated its support of Coty’s stance at the European Court of Justice.

Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

07 June 2017

Etienne Pfister, chief economist at France’s Competition Authority, said more empirical evidence is needed to determine whether and how the use of online pricing algorithms could potentially violate competition law, and warned regulation and oversight of such pricing programs will be costly.

Incentives in big data deals need to be examined, DG Comp official says

Incentives in big data deals need to be examined, DG Comp official says

07 June 2017

European Commission information, communication and media director Guillaume Loriot says competition policy must not discourage the use of big data, but must “carefully” assess it in merger control.

Compliance programmes useful in civil claims, plaintiff's lawyer says

07 June 2017

Plaintiffs can use a company’s antitrust compliance programme as evidence against it in civil litigation regardless whether employees understand or adhere to policy, a top plaintiff’s lawyer said yesterday.

US official: public sentiment fueling global anti-cartel effort

05 June 2017

The shift of public attitudes around the world to recognise the harm from cartels has fueled the rise in cartel criminalisation, the head of criminal enforcement at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division said last week.