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A promise kept

A promise kept

20 May 2017

When Barack Obama faced re-election in 2012, the media questioned whether he had kept his campaign promise to reinvigorate enforcement against anticompetitive deals. In his second term, the US antitrust agencies fulfilled that commitment with two dozen challenges in court. David Gelfand and Grant Bermann explain

Vertically challenged

Vertically challenged

20 May 2017

The hurdles to horizontal consolidation in US healthcare – hospitals buying hospitals, insurers buying insurers – have become clear over the course of several antitrust agency enforcement actions in the past decade. The possibilities for vertical healthcare mergers, however, appear less bounded. Pallavi Guniganti reports

An interview with Pablo Trevisan

An interview with Pablo Trevisan

20 May 2017

Pablo Trevisan, a commissioner at Argentina’s National Commission for the Defence of Competition (CNDC), spoke with Charles McConnell in March about some of the agency’s major developments, goals and struggles in the run-up to elections. Priority one: get the new competition bill through Congress as soon as possible

An interview with Eddy de Smijter

An interview with Eddy de Smijter

19 May 2017

After a successful career in academia, Eddy de Smijter forayed into policymaking as a major contributor to the unit at the European Commission charged with drafting and implementing the damages directive. Malina McLennan spoke with De Smijter about the directive’s development and effect on private damages litigation today

UAE competition law moves toward implementation

UAE competition law moves toward implementation

18 May 2017

Though the United Arab Emirates has had a competition law on the books for more than four years, it has yet to be applied in practice. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partners Gamal Abouali and Matteo Beretta and counsel Chris Macbeth explain the gaps that remain.

Texas’s antitrust bar

13 April 2017

Even with the recent ups and downs of the energy sector, Texas trails only California in its level of economic activity, which keeps the state’s antitrust bar busy. Alex Wilts profiles Texas’s top competition practices

Doctoring antitrust: a look back and forward on physicians’ joint negotiation

13 April 2017

Over the next year, US lawmakers will face the challenging task of writing and passing new healthcare legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. So far, a senator has introduced a bill, echoing one previously sponsored by the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, that would immunise doctors from federal antitrust laws when they negotiate contracts with health insurers – an exemption that the US antitrust agencies have opposed for decades. Alex Wilts reports

An interview with Andrea Coscelli

An interview with Andrea Coscelli

04 April 2017

Andrea Coscelli has been interim chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority since July 2016, following the resignation of previous head Alex Chisholm. He spoke with Tom Webb in late January about how the agency has recently boosted enforcement, prioritised that work relative to its market investigations – and begun to look at the use of interim remedies

An auto parts Q&A with John Majoras

02 April 2017

Jones Day partner John Majoras became involved in the global auto parts cartel investigation from its earliest days, advising parts maker Yazaki after the US Department of Justice announced its wire harnesses investigation with a series of search warrants and raids. Now, as the investigation slowly winds down, GCR data reporter Denise Nzeyimana asks Majoras how he saw the case unfold and what he thinks its ultimate legacy will be.

Driving to dusk

Driving to dusk

01 April 2017

As the sun begins to set on the global auto parts investigation, Ron Knox examines the conspiracy’s enormous bill (so far!), how the world’s antitrust enforcers got to this point and where the investigation goes from here.