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Capitol Gains: DC's leading firms for government antitrust
Warsha Kalé, associate director at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in London, has been closely monitoring the proposed new Indian competition regime. Here, she looks at how India’s new competition authority will tackle cartel enforcement when the country’s new laws come into force
For Tom Barnett, it has been a successful and controversial three-and-a-half years at the top of antitrust enforcement in America. Ron Knox talks to the former assistant attorney general at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division
Country Survey: USA
US antitrust lawyers are anticipating the dawn of a new era, after president-elect Obama pledged to return the US antitrust agencies to the forefront of international enforcement. Emily Gray reports on Washington, DC’s leading firms as they gear up for the change
Country Survey: Brazil
David Vascott profiles the leading players in Brazil’s rapidly evolving competition bar
Antônio Henrique Pinheiro Silveira, Secretary of Economic Monitoring at Brazil’s Ministry of Finance, speaks to David Vascott about the radical change in Brazil’s competition regime he hopes to see soon
Mariana Tavares de Araújo, Brazil’s secretary of economic law, talks to David Vascott
Arthur Badin, president of CADE, talks to David Vascott, offering an insight into Brazil’s developing competition authorities
Brazil’s antitrust attorney general Arthur Badin has been appointed chairman of CADE, following a protracted battle with Brazilian politicians and businessmen. But he’s used to fighting, writes David Vascott
Title: Legal adviser - EC competition law
Company: BP plc
Previous employment: Associate, Allen & Overy LLP in Brussels and London
Arthur Badin has been voted the new president of Brazil’s Council for Economic Defence, CADE.
Economics consultancy Oxera has promoted two of its competition specialists to managing consultants.
Bingham McCutchen LLP has recruited three antitrust and intellectual property litigation lawyers from Clifford Chance LLP.
Deborah Garza has been named by President George Bush as the new head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division, replacing Thomas Barnett.
Michael Hausfeld, a founding partner of Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll LLP, has left the firm and launched a rival, Hausfeld LLP.
Simon Pritchard, senior director of mergers at the UK’s Office of Fair Trading, is leaving for private practice. The news comes the day after Peter Mandelson, UK secretary of state for business, announced the re-appointment of Philip Collins as chairman of the OFT.
The European Commission’s new merger remedies package is intended to shore up a divestiture programme that has failed to solve competition problems in more than one-third of its cases, a senior DG Comp official says.
Poland’s Office of Consumer and Competition Protection has lost an appeal against its 2006 decision on interchange fees.
Asian electronics manufacturers LG Display, Sharp and Chunghwa Picture Tubes have been fined a total of US$585 million for fixing the price of liquid crystal display panels, the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division announced on 13 November.
Three construction companies and their presidents have been charged with bid rigging following an investigation by Canada’s Competition Bureau.
The UK’s Office of Fair Trading has issued its first dominance decision since 2003, finding that a Welsh bus company allegedly used predatory practices when attempting to squeeze a start-up competitor out of the market.
If a US antitrust lawsuit against four Chinese vitamin companies is successful, it could prove dangerous for US-China trade relations and put Chinese companies in a regulatory no-win situation, antitrust specialists say.
The European Commission has for the first time broken the e1 billion barrier for cartel fines, ordering four car glass manufacturers to pay more than e1.3 billion for their roles in an alleged cartel.
The UK Court of Appeals has reduced the jail terms of three men who pleaded guilty to organising and running a cartel in the UK’s marine hose industry.
Chinese antitrust officials have released their first-ever decision under the country’s Anti-Monopoly Law, placing restrictions on the US$52 billion merger of brewers InBev and Anheuser- Busch.
Competition specialists say the European Commission’s latest round of antitrust investigations into Microsoft’s business practices signals the start of a fight the company might not be able to win.
Two drug companies, Bayer and Barr, reach a settlement which is challenged by consumers as anti-competitive
Ronan Harty and Crystal McKellar
Davis Polk & Wardwell
The Portuguese Competition Authority is conducting an analysis of price formation in the wholesale market for electricity during the second half of 2007
Alexandra Dias Henriques and Ricardo Filipe Costa
Marques Mendes & Associados
Telekomunikacja Polska, the largest operator of stationary telecommunications in Poland as well as the shareholder in Poland’s major mobile telecom, has again been the target of competition authorities’ concern. This time, however, the case involved the European Commission, which inspected the company
Aleksander Stawicki and Andrzej Nentwig
Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr
With the world’s financial markets tumbling, banks worldwide seek opportunities to counteract the negative market tendencies. At the moment, it seems that the quickest route to safety exit consolidation
Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr
CEO held responsible for the cartel activities which the company took part in
D Ziv Abramovich
Lapidot Melchior Abramovich & Co
Tribunal finds customers have access to a number of alternative grocery suppliers, and so confirms the Competition Council’s decision
Gorrissen Federspiel Kierkegaard
The new Conservative government is proposing amendmentsto the Competition Act based on the Wilson Recommendations
D Martin Low QC and Sorcha O’Carroll
Corporate compliance programmes and trade associations are covered in recently released bulletins
John F Clifford and Sorcha O’Carroll
Cartel conduct in Australia looks set to become a criminal offence punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment, with the new cartel offences extending beyond existing price-fixing and exclusionary arrangement prohibitions
Wendy Peter and Tim Maxwell
Allens Arthur Robinson