Features

Understanding Japan's approach to competition and big data

Understanding Japan's approach to competition and big data

25 July 2017

Interaction between competition and big data is globally discussed. Japan recently addressed this cutting-edge issue through a report published by a study group at the country's Fair Trade Commission. Yusuke Takamiya, an antitrust attorney at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto and a visiting researcher at the Competition Policy Research Centre at the Japan Fair Trade Commission, explores Japan's approach by outlining the report together with relevant developments.

Excessive pricing: new use for a neglected tool in the enforcement armoury?

Excessive pricing: new use for a neglected tool in the enforcement armoury?

15 June 2017

Timothy McIver, Anne-Mette Heemsoth and Megan MacDonald at Debevoise & Plimpton in London explore the recent spike in excessive-pricing cases involving the pharmaceutical sector.

Balancing market competition with national policy in China

Balancing market competition with national policy in China

31 May 2017

Over his years in China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Zhang Handong has seen how the country’s embrace of market competition has dovetailed with national industrial policy. In a keynote address to GCR Live Singapore: 6th Annual Asia-Pacific Law Leaders Forum, Zhang, who heads the NDRC’s price supervision and anti-monopoly bureau, explained how that relationship has evolved, and how the country’s antitrust enforcement regime has worked to ensure government policy avoids distorting competition

Singapore ASEAN roundtable

Singapore ASEAN roundtable

31 May 2017

At the 2017 GCR Live Asia Law Leaders conference in Singapore, enforcers from some of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ most crucial jurisdictions gathered to discuss the progress of ASEAN and the future of trade, both in the region and globally. Here, we reproduce a part of that conversation, focusing on the growth of competition law in Asia, and the region’s reaction to the rise of nationalism in the West

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