Features

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.