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Can follow-on claims survive without litigation finance?

Can follow-on claims survive without litigation finance?

13 February 2017

Craig Arnott is a managing director of Burford Capital, a publicly traded litigation funding firm. Here, he considers the role of litigation funding on the European follow-on damages scene.

A populist now: What can antitrust do for inequality?

A populist now: What can antitrust do for inequality?

02 February 2017

In the past year, a chorus of voices on the political left in the US has called for more aggressive competition enforcement as a means to help remedy the problem of inequality, while controversial political candidates in both parties have blamed lax international trade rules for unemployment and other voter woes. Pallavi Guniganti and Ron Knox explore what antitrust might be able to do for some of the concerns that drove the wildest presidential election in living memory.

This time it's personal: director disqualification in the UK

02 February 2017

On 1 December 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority announced that Trod Ltd managing director Daniel Aston had provided a disqualification undertaking not to act as a director of any UK company for five years. This marked the first time the CMA has secured such a disqualification for a company found to have infringed competition law. Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Hutton examines the consequences.

Poland’s competition bar

Poland’s competition bar

31 January 2017

Poland’s competition bar operates in a country whose antitrust enforcer has other priorities. Tom Madge-Wyld profiles Warsaw’s top practices, as they continue to compete for a rapidly diminishing slice of enforcement pie

An interview with Andrea Coscelli

An interview with Andrea Coscelli

31 January 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 to Tom Webb about how the agency recently has boosted enforcement, prioritised that work relative to its market investigations – and begun to look at the use of interim remedies.

Creeping towards convergence: the hunt for an ideal deal

Creeping towards convergence: the hunt for an ideal deal

15 January 2017

Global antitrust settlements of international mergers remain rare at best. Ron Knox uses data from GCR’s forthcoming Enforcer Tracker project to explore why

An interview with Marek Niechciał

An interview with Marek Niechciał

15 January 2017

Marek Niechciał was appointed president of Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection in May 2016 after a change in government. He spoke to Tom Madge-Wyld through an interpreter about plans to introduce new regimes for criminal liability and professional whistleblowers, but denied concerns about the agency’s political independence.

Zloty for your thoughts

Zloty for your thoughts

13 January 2017

How does an understaffed competition authority revive a weak enforcement record and flagging leniency regime, while policy-makers continue to prioritise consumer protection over competition infringements? The head of Poland’s competition enforcer thinks he has the answer: start paying individual whistleblowers. Tom Madge-Wyld investigates

An interview with Joseph Wilson

An interview with Joseph Wilson

05 January 2017

After nine years, Joseph Wilson is stepping down from his post as commissioner at the Competition Commission of Pakistan, of which he was a founding member. His three terms had several ups and downs, which he shared with GCR, and while he praised the commission for success in its early years as he spoke to Charles McConnell, Wilson leaves the agency unsure of what the future holds.

Korea’s competition bar

Korea’s competition bar

01 January 2017

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has established itself as the top antitrust enforcer in Asia, and its considerable workload has kept the country’s small but talented competition bar busy with both domestic and international matters. Ron Knox reports.

A new dawn

A new dawn

13 December 2016

Five years ago, lawyers from the US Department of Justice walked into court haunted by a long losing streak at trial and challenged by top-flight defence lawyers and a difficult case. They left victorious, armed with a new strategy – and confidence – when taking antitrust cases to the courtroom. Ron Knox tells the story of United States v H&R Block, and how the Obama administration’s antitrust winning streak came to pass

Spain's competition bar

Spain's competition bar

10 December 2016

Despite a tough economic and political environment, the good times appear to be back for Spain’s competition bar, which routinely deals with a busy and dedicated national enforcer and heightened deal activity. Tom Webb meets the firms and lawyers working on the best cases