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A question mark against the Merger

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Sebastian O’Meara braved the storm of the century to join other bedraggled delegates in Athens for the IBA’s 9th annual seminar on Telecommunication Services and Competition Law in Europe, which looked, among other topics, at the Internet and strategic alliances

Americans and Europeans revisit Boeing

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At the ABA’s 46th annual spring meeting in Washington DC, the International Committee convened to discuss the jurisdictional and substantive law conflicts in the Boeing/McDonnell merger. The dust has now settled on the deal - which was finally cleared by the European Commission in July last year - allowing the chair, Mark Warner, to bring together a panel consisting of some of the leading participants in the deal to look at the implications of the case. While the agenda looked forward, some speakers took the chance to vent their frustration at what happened. Callum Campbell reports

Bright young things

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45 competition lawyers under 45

Adopting versus implementing competition rules in central Europe

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Adopting legislation is one thing; implementing it is often another. Dennis Oswell of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, looks at how central and eastern European countries are applying antitrust rules in an environment often unfavourable to true competition

Economic analysis of competition cries out for method

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Economic analysis is an increasingly important part of EC competition law. But, says Doris Hildebrand of European Legal & Marketing Consultants of Brüggen, Germany, its application in this area is misleading and confused Economic analysis is being applied in an increasingly sophisticated way to EC competition law. In particular, the Commission’s policy shift towards greater recognition of the significance of economics within the context of competition issues marks a kind of revolution.

Analysis of cross-licensing and patent pooling by US Antitrust authorities

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The interplay between intellectual property law and antitrust law has increasingly compelled the interest of US antitrust authorities. John E Daniel of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, New York, considers what the Antitrust Division has been thinking and doing about crosslicensing and patent pooling - practices that have hitherto attracted little attention

The case for economists in antitrust: evidence, theory - and more evidence

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Introducing Global Competition Review’s survey of the World’s leading competition economists, Kevin J Arquit and Richard Wolfram of Rogers & Wells, New York set out what they believe is required of a competition economist in an antitrust case and how he or she can best work with counsel to produce winning arguments

Antitrust analysis and remedies in high-tech industries

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What should competition officials do about Microsoft? Mary Coleman and James Langenfeld* of LEGC, Inc believe that competition regulations should only be applied to high tecnology sectors with caution

Merger control filings

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Martin Bechtold of Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster, Frankfurt, considers whether the new Common Form for merger control proceedings produced by Britain, France and Germany can ease the pain of multinational filing in Europe

Australia: Pay TV in state of flux

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Pay TV in Australia has faltered at a number of hurdles which have been erected by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in its determination to ensure that there are three main competitors in Australia, despite the apparent inevitability that one or more of the three will fail.