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ACCC: Slow and steady wins the criminal cartel race

ACCC: Slow and steady wins the criminal cartel race

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission is quite happy to take its time over bringing its first criminal cartel proceedings, despite gaining the power to do so a little over three years ago, said a leading agency official. 

Hong Kong in own league with unilateral test

Hong Kong in own league with unilateral test

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Low abuse of dominance thresholds in Hong Kong’s new Competition Ordinance are “bizarre” and ill-suited to the country’s economy, a leading Hong Kong lawyer said today.

ASEAN cooperation slowly coming together, enforcers say

ASEAN cooperation slowly coming together, enforcers say

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The goal of having efficient and effective cooperation between competition authorities in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a realistic one but agencies still need more time to implement a framework, a panel of enforcers said today. 

Enforcers out in force at GCR Live in Singapore

Enforcers out in force at GCR Live in Singapore

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Enforcers from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and China will be discussing the latest developments from around the region alongside leading private practitioners at GCR Live in Singapore on 6 and 7 March – for which only limited places remain. 

Antitrust panel debates possible Sprint/T-Mobile deal

Antitrust panel debates possible Sprint/T-Mobile deal

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US antitrust enforcers may block a hotly anticipated merger between mobile company Sprint and T-Mobile’s American subsidiary if it meant the end of T-Mobile’s aggressive and popular pricing strategy, former officials and top practitioners said last week. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a tie-up is impossible. 

Speed remains crucial in cartel investigations, lawyers say

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Although it is a time-tested fact of cartel defence, it can’t be overemphasised: When that first call from the general counsel comes in, the speed at which defence counsel responds can mean everything to a company’s path through an investigation, a panel of top criminal antitrust lawyers said. Ron Knox at GCR Live in Miami

DG Comp often targeted in merger decisions, official says

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Because of its administrative structure and stature in the antitrust world, the European Commission can often be influential when examining major cross-border mergers, and can at times have a bullseye on its back, a top DG Comp official said on Friday. Ron Knox at GCR Live in Miami

Panellists agree on need for better cartel deterrence

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Although cartel detection has rocketed in recent years, the way in which the world’s governments punish antitrust convicts, often by piling fines one on top of the other, has been an ineffectual deterrent for would-be price fixers, antitrust experts said on Saturday. Harry Phillips at GCR Live in Miami

Weissman: Company docs are crucial in high-tech deals

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US courts have embraced the approach taken by the country’s antitrust enforcers when challenging high-tech deals, and rival tech companies planning to merge should bring the agencies solid pro-competitive evidence if they want to avoid a fight, the new deputy head of competition at the US Federal Trade Commission said on Friday. Ron Knox at GCR Live in Miami

Ohlhausen: FTC best placed to ensure net neutrality

Ohlhausen: FTC best placed to ensure net neutrality

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The US Federal Trade Commission, rather than any other regulator, is in the best position to ensure that internet service providers are not harming consumers by discriminating against rivals’ content, FTC commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen said in a speech today. Harry Phillips at GCR Live in Miami