Features

An interview with Hideaki Kobayashi

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The Japan Fair Trade Commission celebrates its 50th anniversary later this year. Recently retired head, Hideaki Kobayashi, now Deputy Chief of Mission at the Japanese embassy in Washington, spoke to GCR at the Fordham conference in New York.

Efficiences in vertical mergers, JVs and strategic alliances

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The perrenially thorny issue of vertical mergers and restraints was examined from the US and the EU standpoints by FTC chairman Bob Pitofsky and Juan Briones of the EC Commission Merger Task Force.

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.

Developments in US international competition cooperation

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Nina Hachigian, an advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, believes that two recent agreements signed by the US represent a positive step towards greater international cooperation on competition. The Boeing/McDonnell Douglas merger brought to light a fact about antitrust enforcement in the modern era that competition authorities have been living with for some time. As commerce goes global, antitrust enforcement regimes will increasingly overlap and occasionally collide.

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