Features

China's competition bar

02 March 2017

China’s competition enforcement regime is up and running, and a slew of lawyers have sprung up to take care of the toughest cases in a unique environment. Tom Webb meets the movers and shakers of the Chinese antitrust bar.

Light at the end of the tunnel?

02 March 2017

It’s easy to be a doom-monger about Chinese competition enforcers’ approach to fairness and due process, and to bemoan their lack of sophistication. But they appear to be moving in the right direction – at least for now. Tom Webb reports

A fresh start in Argentina

02 March 2017

Over the last decade, Latin America has become a hotbed of antitrust. From stalwarts such as Brazil to up-and-comers like Chile or Colombia, a host of antitrust authorities across the continent have sought to make their mark through aggressive and increasingly sophisticated enforcement, close scrutiny of problematic deals and policy interventions designed to boost or even create competition culture.

Interesting times at the CMA

02 March 2017

For one of the world’s leading competition enforcers, handing down only two behavioural fines in 2015 wasn’t a great look, especially compared to the now-defunct UK Office of Fair Trading’s appetite for enforcement.

A populist now: What can antitrust do for inequality?

A populist now: What can antitrust do for inequality?

02 March 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.

Common stock ownership: sound investing or antitrust violation?

02 March 2017

Investors’ diversification of their portfolios by buying stakes in companies across industries and within the same industry is generally seen as a positive – a way to decrease the risk of putting too many eggs in one basket, while generating steady returns. Yet when an investor’s influence grows within a specific sector, it conjures competition concerns.

Judging antitrust in Asia

Judging antitrust in Asia

02 March 2017

Of all the contrasts one can observe on the world’s largest continent, those among different jurisdictions’ judicial review of competition decisions are probably among the least remarked upon. Nonetheless, they are striking, particularly given that the constant refrain in antitrust is for global convergence rather than contradiction.

Germany’s ministerial override: politicising competition

Germany’s ministerial override: politicising competition

02 March 2017

Few antitrust enforcers can boast as pure a focus as Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO).

Robot collusion and the future of online marketplaces

Robot collusion and the future of online marketplaces

02 March 2017

As the debate over internet regulation rages on, automated data processing systems in the online retail sector have received surprisingly little coverage. From Amazon to Skyscanner, price comparison softwares have become expected and even integral to modern living. But with the ease provided by the increasingly ubiquitous software has also come an easier pathway to collusion, and difficulties with regards to its prosecution.

Go big data, or go home

02 March 2017

Big data first began to pique widespread curiosity in 2011 – at least as measured by Google Trends’ analysis of the search engine’s aggregated information, which shows the number of searches for the term on Google skyrocketing that year. The concept quickly appeared on the antitrust community’s radar as well, and by 2016, the interplay between big data and competition law had become all the rage.