Features

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 Renata Hesse and Bill Baer

An interview with Renata Hesse and Bill Baer

26 January 2017

Until 20 January, Bill Baer was principal deputy associate attorney general of the US Department of Justice and Renata Hesse was acting assistant attorney general for antitrust. They sat down with Charles McConnell on the day before President Donald Trump’s inauguration to discuss achievements, thoughts about former president Barack Obama’s executive order promoting competition, and more.

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 stepped down at the end of 2016 from his post as commissioner at the Competition Commission of Pakistan, of which he was a founding member. While he praised the commission for success in its early years as he spoke with 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