Features

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.

Rough waters ahead

02 March 2017

The shipping liner industry faces a gloomy future. Earlier this year, the Oetker Group said several companies will be forced to take further steps for a sustained cost reduction, by continuing to exploit economies of scale and make further efficiency improvements to their processes. The nature of these changes, including further market consolidation, has the potential to reshape the battleground between competition enforcement and liner shipping.

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.

EU damages litigation – not so directly

02 March 2017

The time has arrived. Directive 2014/104 on antitrust damages has been – or, at least, should have been – implemented in all EU member states as of 27 December 2016.

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.

The CNMC and the Spanish budget

02 March 2017

It was supposed to be the vote that guaranteed stability for businesses in Spain: the re-election of the country’s veteran prime minister, Mariano Rajoy of the People’s Party.

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).

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.

Engaging the private sector on international cartel enforcement

03 February 2017

Brent Snyder, Acting Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice, gave the following speech at GCR Live Miami, as transcribed by GCR.