Analysis

Lars Sørgard: the exit interview

After six years as head of the Norwegian Competition Authority, Lars Sørgard will step down on 19 January and return to his role as a professor of economics at the Norwegian School of Economics. Sørgard spoke to GCR about the authority’s accomplishments during his tenure and addressed criticism about the agency's enforcement priorities and political interference.

11 January 2022

Look beyond the “company town”: labour monopsony and 21st-century merger enforcement

The Biden Administration has vowed to reinvigorate antitrust enforcement, in part by wielding the Sherman Act as a sword to protect workers against “the harmful effects of monopoly and monopsony” – especially as these issues arise in labor markets. In light of this promise, Crowell & Moring attorneys Olivier Antoine, Megan Wolf and Chris Murphy consider the potential framework of analysis for labour monopsony issues.

17 December 2021

Isolde Goggin: the exit interview

Isolde Goggin retired as president of Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on 4 October. She spoke to GCR about the difficulties of operating as an enforcer without an effective sanctions regime, the likelihood of her agency restructuring following the transposition of the ECN+ directive and why she thinks the country’s courts must take a firmer stance when punishing competition infringements.

11 October 2021

A Q&A with Margarida Matos Rosa

With almost five years as president of the Portuguese Competition Authority under her belt, Margarida Matos Rosa spoke to Charley Connor about the agency’s recent forays into labour markets, the importance of focus when running a small authority and her ambitious plans for the 15 months left of her mandate.

20 September 2021

Alejandra Palacios Prieto: the exit interview

Alejandra Palacios Prieto stepped down as head of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission last week after eight years at the helm. In a wide ranging interview with GCR, she spoke about controversial proposals by lawmakers to merge the agency into a super regulator, the importance of challenging problematic government regulations, why she thinks revolving door caps are unconstitutional, and the need to reform domestic competition rules to tackle digital market concerns.

15 September 2021

US braces for antitrust changes – should digital India worry?

On 9 July 2021, the Joe Biden administration in the US passed an “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy” proposing sweeping changes aimed at causing a fundamental shift in US antitrust policy. Khaitan & Co partner Sagardeep Rathi and associates Soham Banerjee and Nilav Banerjee examined what the executive order could mean for India.

01 September 2021

A Q&A with the founder of ValueLicensing

ValueLicensing, a UK-based reseller of pre-owned Microsoft software, filed a standalone claim in the High Court of England and Wales in April seeking upwards of £270 million in damages from Microsoft. The latter responded last month by challenging ValueLicensing’s jurisdiction to bring its case and by filing a motion to strike out the claim, with the court scheduling a hearing for March 2022. Charley Connor spoke to Jonathan Horley, the start-up’s founder and managing director, about what drove him to file the claim and how he believes Microsoft has used anticompetitive contractual clauses and discounts to stop its business customers from reselling licences to use its desktop software.

19 August 2021

A Q&A with Ricardo Riesco

Ricardo Riesco became head of Chile’s National Economic Prosecutor in December 2018, after taking the reins from long-time chair Felipe Irarrázabal, who led the agency since April 2010. Riesco spoke to GCR about proposed new cartel penalties, navigating enforcement through the global pandemic and the authority’s plans for tackling harm in digital markets.

06 August 2021

Post-pandemic antitrust – what to expect and what to do

Hogan Lovells’ Global Cartel Investigations Group sketches out its views on likely trends in post-pandemic antitrust that are expected to shape antitrust enforcement in the coming years and what this means for companies. This is based on the group's expertise and trend-spotting efforts, distilled into key topics which translate to six capabilities companies around the globe should leverage to successfully navigate the post-pandemic world of antitrust.

02 July 2021

India’s MMT interim order: timely intervention or unfair intrusion?

India’s competition authority issued an interim order against booking platform MakeMyTrip in early March, forcing it to immediately relist two budget hotel chains it removed as part of an alleged anticompetitive agreement with one of their rivals. Ahead of a keenly anticipated final decision, Khaitan & Co partner Anisha Chand and principal associate Swati Bala examine the implications of that rarely used interim order and how the case will affect the assessment of relevant markets, market power and market access in the digital economy.

04 June 2021

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