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US will suffer in any trade war, ASEAN enforcers warn

US will suffer in any trade war, ASEAN enforcers warn

02 March 2017

While the US and some European countries seem to be shunning free trade agreements, senior competition officials from multiple Asian countries say they will continue to push for global trade regardless of their western counterparts.

Malaysia central bank chastises MyCC for auto insurance case

Malaysia central bank chastises MyCC for auto insurance case

02 March 2017

The central bank of Malaysia yesterday lashed out at the country’s competition authority, claiming it overstepped its bounds and undermined consumers by charging nearly two dozen automotive insurance companies with breaking competition law.

DG Comp official distinguishes Microsoft from Google

DG Comp official distinguishes Microsoft from Google

10 February 2017

The issue of access to crucial interoperability information that is protected intellectual property, on which the European Commission’s case against Microsoft turned, is not “in any way relevant” to its case against Google, a head of unit in the enforcer’s policy and strategy directorate said last week.

CADE culture doesn’t allow political interference, commissioner says

CADE culture doesn’t allow political interference, commissioner says

10 February 2017

A member of the administrative tribunal for Brazil’s competition enforcer last week said it has maintained mechanisms that free it from inappropriate public interest considerations.

“Threatened trade wars” lead ABA to examine public interest

“Threatened trade wars” lead ABA to examine public interest

06 February 2017

The American Bar Association’s antitrust section is adding two new task forces to address concerns about the inclusion of public interest considerations in competition enforcement and the divergence in international standards regarding abuse of dominance.

Brexit may raise CMA’s merger workload by 50%, Coscelli says

Brexit may raise CMA’s merger workload by 50%, Coscelli says

06 February 2017

The acting head of the UK’s competition authority says the loss of a “one-stop shop” for deals will increase the agency’s merger reviews by up to 50%, but is optimistic that relationships with other antitrust enforcers around the world will continue to develop even after the UK leaves the European Union. Alex Wilts at GCR Live in Miami

Governments hear many e-commerce complaints, says CMA chief

Governments hear many e-commerce complaints, says CMA chief

03 February 2017

The UK Competition and Markets Authority is not the only place companies go to protest how commerce is changing, the enforcer’s acting chief executive said today.

DOJ takes more care with leniency markers, says acting antitrust head

DOJ takes more care with leniency markers, says acting antitrust head

03 February 2017

Brent Snyder, the acting head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said today that the agency has learned from recent criminal enforcement that it needs to slow its process for determining the breadth of leniency to grant an applicant. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live Miami

Feinstein: “I fear the day” US FTC is asked to consider jobs

Feinstein: “I fear the day” US FTC is asked to consider jobs

03 February 2017

The director of the US Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition said today that the agency is not equipped to factor employment into merger analysis.

Ohlhausen: FTC will continue to address state-imposed competition restrictions

Ohlhausen: FTC will continue to address state-imposed competition restrictions

03 February 2017

During one of her first addresses as acting head of the Federal Trade Commission, Maureen Ohlhausen emphasised that one of her policy goals is to continue working with states to reduce barriers to competition. Alex Wilts at GCR Live in Miami