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.

EC competition law: the millenium

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Alexander Schaub has been Director General of DGIV, the European Commission’s Competition arm, for two years. His mission in Brussels is to move European competition forward, bringing in fresh, workable concepts to carry the single market into the 21st century.

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

The triumph and failure of the US Merger Guidelines in litigation

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James Langenfeld of LECG Inc contrasts two important recent US court decisions relating to product market definition in mergers and considers the policy implications

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.

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.

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.

Brazilian competition: CADE explained

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Walter Douglas Stuber and Lionel Pimentel Nobre of Amaro, Stuber e Advogados Associados, São Paulo, chart the history and powers of Brazil’s competition authority CADE (originally, the Economic Defence Administrative Commission), the Brazilian antitrust authority, was established in 1942 by Decree-law 7,666/42, the first Brazilian antitrust directive.

Fordham Conference: In search of a new culture

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A fin de siècle atmosphere pervaded the 24th Annual Fordham Corporate Law Institute conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, where leading competition figures gathered to look ahead to the 21st century and consider whether the world would ever accomodate a truly global harmonisation of competition law. Fenella Quinn reports.

An interview with Bob Pitofsky

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The US Federal Trade Commission has many challenges ahead of it, particularly in the high-tech field. GCR’s Sebastian O’Meara spoke to chairman Bob Pitofsky in New York about his vision for the future of global competition.