Conference Coverage

Mundt raises concerns over data access remedies

Mundt raises concerns over data access remedies

06 July 2020

Requiring big technology companies to hand over or share data to remedy anticompetitive conduct could be hard to implement, the head of Germany’s antitrust enforcer has said.

Excessive pricing is evidence of dominance, UK official says

Excessive pricing is evidence of dominance, UK official says

10 June 2020

The ability to charge excessive prices during coronavirus is evidence in itself of dominance and potential abusive conduct, the chief economic advisor at the UK’s antitrust enforcer has said in praising a controversial decision by South Africa’s Competition Tribunal.

EU competition official would consider merger ban

EU competition official would consider merger ban

10 June 2020

The European Commission should not rule out a temporary ban on large mergers due to the covid-19 pandemic, its chief competition economist Pierre Régibeau has said.

Vestager: EU may introduce competition rules for “digital gatekeepers”

Vestager: EU may introduce competition rules for “digital gatekeepers”

24 April 2020

The European Commission is considering imposing legal obligations on gatekeepers of digital platforms to remedy or prevent “commercial imbalances”, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

DG Comp official: EU is considering “restorative or prescriptive” antitrust remedies

DG Comp official: EU is considering “restorative or prescriptive” antitrust remedies

24 April 2020

A senior official at the European Commission has said it is considering whether it needs to impose broader remedies in antitrust cases that go beyond the usual “cease and desist” requirements.

Competition proceedings “undermined” by government intervention, African practitioners allege

Competition proceedings “undermined” by government intervention, African practitioners allege

22 April 2020

Lawyers in South Africa and Botswana are concerned that government ministers’ interventions in merger control and antitrust probes are undermining the competition law process.

Coronavirus will likely lead to more cartels, ex-DOJ official warns

Coronavirus will likely lead to more cartels, ex-DOJ official warns

21 April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to lead to an increase in cartels and global cartel enforcement, a former enforcer at the US Department of Justice has said.

CMA chairman: digitisation requires “major adjustments” to competition policy

CMA chairman: digitisation requires “major adjustments” to competition policy

04 March 2020

The chairman of the UK's Competition and Markets Authority has urged enforcers to make greater use of “soft power” tools such as international cooperation to better respond to the challenges of digitisation.

Focus on merger control to combat big tech, enforcers urge

Focus on merger control to combat big tech, enforcers urge

03 March 2020

Most of the complaints that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority receives stem from a past merger that has had subsequent market effects, the enforcer’s chief executive has said.

CMA official: Lawmakers “worrying” about digital markets

CMA official: Lawmakers “worrying” about digital markets

02 March 2020

Governments and regulators worldwide are “worrying” about how to regulate digital markets, an official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.