Conference Coverage

Antitrust may apply to macro concerns

Antitrust may apply to macro concerns

19 February 2018

Recent studies linking rising concentration to stagnant wages and declining innovation have divided opinion over whether antitrust policy is the right tool to deal with broad macroeconomic changes.

Australia eyes stricter rules for immunity applicants

Australia eyes stricter rules for immunity applicants

16 February 2018

A member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said the agency is reviewing its immunity policy due to concerns that applicants are failing to promptly provide documents and witnesses that would fully inform it of the cartel.

US probes billion-dollar-a-year overcharge

16 February 2018

The US Department of Justice’s antitrust division is investigating a specific matter where the government is believed to have been overcharged by more than $1 billion a year, the enforcer’s head revealed today.

US prosecutors stress importance of preservation of evidence

US prosecutors stress importance of preservation of evidence

15 February 2018

The assistant chiefs of two offices in the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division have said leniency applicants should be careful not to alert their own employees nor their co-conspirators to an upcoming investigation – even if that means appearing to stay in the cartel.

CMA official: data regulation may lead competition authorities to step back

CMA official: data regulation may lead competition authorities to step back

08 February 2018

While privacy has become a concern for European competition agencies, the senior legal director for antitrust enforcement at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said that an incoming EU data law may help to solve the problem for them.

EU and US economists differ on innovation and “hipster antitrust”

EU and US economists differ on innovation and “hipster antitrust”

08 February 2018

While the US Federal Trade Commission’s top economist last week dismissed “hipster antitrust”, the deputy chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition suggested that enforcers can “stretch” antitrust to handle dominant technology companies.

German FCO official: we can’t ignore debate about bigness

German FCO official: we can’t ignore debate about bigness

06 February 2018

Though competition authorities prefer case-by-case analyses, they must engage in the public discussion of breaking up or regulating dominant platforms, an official at Germany’s Federal Cartel Office said on Friday.

US DOJ deputy: algorithmic cartel requires agreement

US DOJ deputy: algorithmic cartel requires agreement

05 February 2018

Senior US Department of Justice official Barry Nigro has said concerns about price fixing through algorithms stem from a lack of understanding of the technology, and that tacit collusion through such mechanisms is not illegal without an agreement among participants.

US DOJ official: asset carve-outs are “inherently suspect”

US DOJ official: asset carve-outs are “inherently suspect”

02 February 2018

Asset carve-outs are not as effective as standalone business divestitures to remedy an anticompetitive merger, a deputy assistant attorney general at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

Effects-based enforcement falls after EU reforms

Effects-based enforcement falls after EU reforms

30 January 2018

The EU’s shift towards economic analyses has coincided with a surprising decline in its effects-based enforcement against anticompetitive agreements – but antitrust observers disagree on how much it matters.