East African Community’s antitrust enforcer conducts first market inquiries

The East African Community Competition Authority has begun its first market inquiries amid unresolved questions over its jurisdiction and enforcement powers.

ECJ: discriminatory pricing is not per se abusive

The European Court of Justice has ruled that a dominant company’s discriminatory pricing violates EU competition law only if it harms a downstream victim’s competitive position.

Denmark charges demolition companies with bid-rigging

Denmark’s prosecutor has issued charges against six demolition companies and several senior executives for allegedly forming a cartel affecting more than 90 contracts over two-and-a-half years, which may result in prison sentences for bid-rigging.

  • AT&T exec: merger brings $2.5 billion in efficiencies

    The AT&T executive in charge of planning and overseeing the integration effort with Time Warner has testified that he is confident the merger will achieve $2.5 billion in cost and revenue efficiencies.

  • Merger injunction to be withdrawn in New Zealand

    New Zealand’s high court is set to withdraw a rare injunction against a merger, after a private equity firm promised to sell its own stationery supply business, formerly known as Staples, to clear competition concerns about its acquisition of rival supplier OfficeMax.

  • New commissioner expected to be confirmed by Mexican Senate

    The Mexican Senate is expected to confirm economist and long-time public servant José Eduardo Mendoza Contreras today as the Federal Economic Competition Commission’s newest member.

Time Warner boss: AT&T deal will ease pressure on distributor revenue

The acquisition by AT&T will allow Time Warner to compete better for advertising revenue, which helps consumers by reducing the company’s reliance on revenue from distributors charging for pay-TV subscriptions, Time Warner’s chief executive has testified.

Chasing Google and Facebook: The Tipline for 19 April 2018

Testimony from Time Warner’s chief executive yesterday in US v AT&T centred on the idea that his company’s acquisition by AT&T will allow it to better compete for digital advertising revenue with data-heavy technology companies. Expect long lines this morning outside of Judge Richard Leon’s courtroom with AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson taking the stand today. 

Tommaso Valletti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust

A transcript of the keynote given by Tommaso Valletti, chief competition economist at European Commission, at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels on 13 March.

Civil liability adds uncertainty for potential leniency applicants, says Louis

The risk of follow-on damages claims in Europe is a “contributing factor” in the difficulty of convincing a company to enter into a leniency programme, and has increased “uncertainty” for practitioners in advising clients, a Brussels lawyer said last week. Janith Aranze at GCR Live Cartels in Washington, DC

Gunther and Giraud join Latham

Jacques-Philippe Gunther and Adrien Giraud are moving from Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Paris and Brussels to Latham & Watkins.

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