Conference Coverage

Laitenberger slams protectionist politicians

09 May 2017

The European Commission’s director-general for competition today called on competition enforcers “to confound the proponents of protectionism and the opponents of open and fair markets.”

Roth: panel coordinating EU antitrust claims impracticable

08 May 2017

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal today called the prospect of the EU developing a system in which member states can coordinate multijurisdictional competition damages litigation “fanciful”, but said the UK could learn from the US on how to handle similar claims filed in its own courts.

Funder frustrated by English courts and delay tactics

08 May 2017

The head of Harbour Litigation Funding today said she was frustrated about the length of English antitrust litigation, and slammed defence lawyers for using delaying tactics.

Keep Brexit lean, competition experts say

02 May 2017

A competition law expert said today that Brexit should be “kept lean”, warning it is not the time to introduce sweeping reforms to the UK’s merger regime.

Roth, Whish and Kubik: no problem with object/effect divide in public and private enforcement

28 April 2017

Three antitrust experts yesterday agreed that enforcers’ by-object analysis forcing private plaintiffs to do the legwork on proving anticompetitive effects is acceptable.

Roth: drawing the line on disclosure is a challenge

27 April 2017

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal today said judges’ disclosure orders cannot satisfy economic experts’ “hunger” for all the data they might want in antitrust litigation.

Experts split on German digital markets antitrust proposals

Experts split on German digital markets antitrust proposals

25 April 2017

Digital markets experts today dissected Germany’s controversial proposals to make the country’s competition laws more protectionist, with one saying the recommendation to create a new digital watchdog should not be taken literally.

Digital single market doomed to fail, telecoms expert says

25 April 2017

An expert in EU telecommunications law today said the planned digital single market has failed to create “big opportunities” for telecoms, and that the UK’s telecommunications framework will likely diverge from the European Union counterpart following Brexit.

GSMA official: DG Comp initially unsure if Android was 101 or 102 case

GSMA official: DG Comp initially unsure if Android was 101 or 102 case

24 April 2017

The head of competition at the Global System for Mobile Association today said the enforcer was initially unclear as it assessed the Google Android case, and was “not ready” to deal with data concerns surrounding Facebook/WhatsApp.

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.