Conference Coverage

China antitrust head calls for internet regulation

China antitrust head calls for internet regulation

02 August 2018

The head of China’s new competition authority has said strengthening intellectual property enforcement and regulation of the internet are amongst his key priorities to promote competition in the new digital economy.

Internal documents might affect how rebates are viewed, lawyers warn

17 July 2018

Even after the European Court of Justice’s ruling in Intel indicated that loyalty rebates may not cause anticompetitive foreclosure, companies should still be aware of how their internal documents explaining the rationale for such discounts will be seen by enforcers and courts.

DG Comp advice on whistleblowers “doesn’t make sense”, says lawyer

DG Comp advice on whistleblowers “doesn’t make sense”, says lawyer

17 July 2018

A European lawyer and former litigator at the US Department of Justice has said that given how cartels operate, whistleblowers should not first have to go through an internal reporting system at their companies when reporting evidence of potential antitrust offences.

DG Comp official defends agencies’ gun-jumping cases

DG Comp official defends agencies’ gun-jumping cases

11 July 2018

European competition authorities need to enforce against companies’ premature integration and have not been too heavy handed in their approach to gun jumping, a European Commission official has said.

Gazprom decision not inconsistent with Google and Qualcomm fines, Csiszár says

Gazprom decision not inconsistent with Google and Qualcomm fines, Csiszár says

10 July 2018

The European Commission’s recent decision not to fine Gazprom for abuse of dominance was consistent with the agency’s punishment of Google or Qualcomm, a senior official at the EU competition watchdog has said.

“Hot docs” approach has come to EU, observers say

10 July 2018

The European Commission has become increasingly reliant on merging companies’ internal documents to substantiate competition concerns, lawyers and economists have said.

Whish expects DG Comp not to stagger hybrid settlements

Whish expects DG Comp not to stagger hybrid settlements

09 July 2018

In the wake of having a fine voided for breach of defence rights, the European Commission is unlikely “for the time being” to adopt staggered hybrid settlements, a leading expert has said.

CMA chief economist: analysis immature in assessing dynamic effects

06 July 2018

Economic analysis in competition law has yet to reach maturity in some areas, the chief economist of the UK’s competition agency has said, citing abuse of dominance cases and the analysis of dynamic effects as examples.

Steenbergen sceptical of interim measures in online markets

12 June 2018

The head of Belgium’s Competition Authority has said that interim relief is better suited to solving harm in traditional markets and may not provide the answer to competition concerns in the digital economy.

Data investment could be deterred by enforcement

Data investment could be deterred by enforcement

07 June 2018

The second-highest official at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said that investment in data collection could be chilled by obligations to share the data, but a lawyer for Google complainants has scoffed at the concern.