GCR February 2009

London Leaders: City firms and barristers survey

EU pharmaceutical sector inquiry - Credit card duality in Canada - Global briefing

Exemption from competition law: has Hong Kong's government made its case?

Stephen Crosswell at Herbert Smith in Hong Kong considers the government’s proposal that it be exempted from Hong Kong’s proposed general competition law

The new OFT leniency guidance: small print with big implications

Bill Batchelor and Grant Murray, of Baker & McKenzie LLP, examine the guidance on leniency applications that was issued by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading in December

The EU pharmaceutical sector inquiry: throwing a spanner in the works?

Adrian Magnus and Simon Albert of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in London examine the implications of DG Comp’s continuing inquiry into the EU pharmaceutical market

Credit card duality in Canada

Janet Bolton and Kevin Glass at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto examine the new stance taken by Canada’s Competition Bureau on whether banks and other institutions may offer both Visa and MasterCard services

Country Survey: United Kingdom

Silk cut

UK competition barristers are playing increasingly vital roles in high-profile competition cases. Peter Scott met some of the leading players

Paring down and shaping up

The past four years have seen the UK’s Office of Fair Trading transform its structure and enforcement practice. Ron Knox and Peter Scott investigate how these changes came about, and what is left to be done

An interview with John Fingleton

John Fingleton is chief executive of the UK’s Office of Fair Trading. Ron Knox asks him about the Lloyds TSB/HBOS merger and the authority’s new leniency guidelines

An interview with Peter Freeman

Peter Freeman has been head of the UK's Competition Commission since 2003. Peter Scott spoke to him about what lies ahead for the commission in the final two years of his contract

Hedging their bets

Last year, merger work in the UK's largest competition practices filled schedules and boosted bottom lines. But with credit markets still frozen, few expect that degree of work to continue. Ron Knox explains how firms in the Magic Circle and beyond are working to ensure the other pillars of their competition work can prop up their practices until the markets thaw.

Setting the record straight

In December, Donald I Baker of Baker & Miller PLLC wrote a memorandum to the then-unnamed assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust. Here, Joe Sims of Jones Day responds.

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