Analysis

Takeaways from the DOJ’s ACPERA roundtable and proposed next steps

With the US Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement & Reform Act (ACPERA) due to sunset on 22 June 2020, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Scott Hammond explores questions around the effectiveness of ACPERA and how its “actual damages” principle is defined and applied.

17 April 2020

France’s competition bar

The Paris bar has experienced a reshuffle over the past few years, with some high-profile moves and retirements. Matt Richards walks through the changes.

12 March 2020

The future of chaebols

All eyes are on the first female chair of Korea’s Fair Trade Commission to see how she will tackle suspected abuses by the family-run conglomerates that have long dominated the local economy. Julie Masson focuses on the future of competition enforcement in Korea.

14 February 2020

Vestager the virtuous

As Margrethe Vestager gears up for her second term as EU competition commissioner, Charley Connor and Matt Richards look back at her controversial use of language and her focus on big technology companies, to ask if she has politicised – or simply moralised – European competition enforcement.

12 February 2020

GCR Live Brussels | Roundtable

Two months before Margrethe Vestager was nominated for a second term as the EU’s competition commissioner, GCR held its 11th annual conference in Brussels on “bigger picture” themes and trends in competition law. Linklaters partner Gerwin Van Gerven moderated a panel that reviewed Vestager’s first five years at the helm of DG Comp to examine her legacy in state aid and digital enforcement; to evaluate the influence of politics on competition policy; and to predict what lies ahead for the EU authority.

13 January 2020

Washington, DC’s antitrust bar

Even as it undergoes generational shifts and sees a downturn in US cartel investigations, the antitrust bar in Washington, DC, remains big and busy. Pallavi Guniganti and Ben Remaly check in on the most interesting matters.

13 January 2020

First in the nation

Amid steady consolidation and weak commodity prices in the agricultural industry, some Democrats are trying to bring trust busting to centre stage. Spencer Parts zeroes in on the scene in Iowa – the first state to vote on contenders in presidential primaries.

12 January 2020

Japan’s competition bar

After several years of treading water, Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has a new focus on platforms and improvements to its leniency regime, which bode well for the future of the country’s competition community. Matt Richards ranks the high performers.

13 November 2019

Pushing antitrust forward with Putin’s support: an interview with Igor Artemiev

Igor Artemiev has led Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service for 15 years and seen it grow into one of the world’s most competent competition authorities. In recent years, the antitrust watchdog has stepped into the ring against some of the largest global companies. At the same time, it tries to instil the principles of competition in an economy that still grapples with its Soviet past – state involvement, oligopolists and more – and has suffered from rounds of international sanctions. Artemiev sat down with Charles McConnell in mid-September on the sidelines of this year’s BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – competition conference in Moscow. Joined by his deputy Andrey Tsyganov, Artemiev touched on some of the agency’s successes and priorities.

12 November 2019

Peru’s competition bar

Peru’s competition bar will make its GCR 100 debut in 2020 – an addition to the publication that at least one Peruvian lawyer says was overdue. While GCR has surveyed the bar occasionally in the past, a significant uptick in enforcement and the pending implementation of a full-fledged merger control regime have added Peru to the ranks of jurisdictions that should be on international companies’ and lawyers’ radar.

06 November 2019

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