Features

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

EC merger control: new thresholds and joint venture rules

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The new merger control rules introduced by the EU have halved the combined global turnover thresholds for merging entities. John Ratliff and Jean- Michel Coumes of Stanbrook and Hooper, Brussels, explain the changes

One-stop shop moves closer

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The European ideal of ‘one-stop shopping’ moves within the Commission’s sights on March 1, when important amendments to the 1989 EC Merger Regulation come into force, introducing some procedural changes and, perhaps more importantly, extending the scope of the Commission’s jurisdiction at the EU level. Fenella Quinn went to Brussels to gauge lawyers’ reaction to the new regime

An interview with Jorge Bogo

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Argentina has had a competition agency, the Comisión Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia, since 1980. But, says current chairman Dr Jorge Bogo, it has only begun to show its teeth over the last year. GCR’s Sebastian O’Meara spoke to Bogo at the 1997 Fordham conference in New York

US and European models shaping Latin American competition

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Shanker Singham of Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Miami, applauds the rapidity with which Latin American countries have developed antitrust and competition laws and considers what clues some recent cases may hold to the future development of policy

Mexico still setting the pace for Latin America

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Competition law in Mexico will be five years old this year, but the country’s antitrust authorities like to think they are continuing to show the rest of Latin America the way forward.

An interview with William Kist

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Sebastian O’ Meara and Fenella Quinn ask the Director General of the new Dutch Competition Authority, the Nederlandse Mededingings Autoriteit what he has in store for corporate and outside counsel.

New Dutch Competition Act: Culture shock in the Netherlands

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Ten years ago the Netherlands was known as the ‘cartel paradise’ of Europe; indeed there are still a disproportionate number of Dutch cases before the European Commission. But over the last decade Dutch business has been faced with a complete change of culture, which has swung from the government-condoned collusion of the 1980s to the point where Parliament has approved an Act thought by many to be the ‘most important piece of legislation this century’, and established an independent authority with real teeth - and the apparent willingness to use them. Fenella Quinn investigates how the Dutch business and legal community is coping.

New regulatory boundaries for airline alliances

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Airline alliances are high on the competition agenda. Michael Reynolds, chairman of the IBA’s Antitrust and Trade Committee, and Richard J Fahy Jr, chairman of the Aeronautical Law Committee, convened a joint session at the 1997 IBA conference in New Delhi and invited representatives of airlines, the EU Commission and the US Department of Justice to debate the application of competition rules to the airline sector. Callum Campbell was there.

Exchanging benchmarking in competitively sensitive areas

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Firms that swap internal data may be caught by antitrust regulations. Stephen M Axinn and Carter H Strickland Jr of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, New York, consider how to assess the risks