Conference Coverage

DG Comp official acknowledges burdensome merger control requirements

DG Comp official acknowledges burdensome merger control requirements

20 June 2019

The European Commission is aware of the “heavy burden” it places on companies to provide internal documents during a merger review, an official at the competition enforcer has said while pointing to how this can help to clear deals.

Courts must embrace innovative enforcement of digital economy, Mundt says

Courts must embrace innovative enforcement of digital economy, Mundt says

19 June 2019

Competition authorities cannot be innovative in tackling the digital economy if national courts fail to distinguish the sector from other industries, Andreas Mundt has said.

Coscelli: UK antitrust regime favours large companies

Coscelli: UK antitrust regime favours large companies

18 June 2019

UK competition enforcement gives greater opportunities for large companies to challenge enforcement decisions and defend their interests, in contrast to small businesses and consumers, the head of the UK’s antitrust enforcer has said.

Mundt: break up companies only if data competition and regulation fail

Mundt: break up companies only if data competition and regulation fail

17 June 2019

The head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has laid out potential ways to address problems in the digital economy, short of breaking up big technology companies.

CMA chief economist: counterfactual has become “ugly” for tech deals

CMA chief economist: counterfactual has become “ugly” for tech deals

17 June 2019

Assessing the counterfactual scenario for deals in the digital sectors has become “ugly”, the chief economist at the UK’s antitrust enforcer has said.

Digital competition advice applies more generally, Fletcher says

Digital competition advice applies more generally, Fletcher says

17 June 2019

Recommendations in a report about the digital economy are relevant to non-digital sectors and non-competition concerns, an author of the report has said.

Valletti sees “endemic” market failures in digital sector

Valletti sees “endemic” market failures in digital sector

07 June 2019

The chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Competition has proposed tools to combat chronic underenforcement in the digital sector.

Ex ante regulation is crucial in digital sector, UK and Australian enforcers agree

Ex ante regulation is crucial in digital sector, UK and Australian enforcers agree

07 June 2019

Officials from the UK and Australian competition authorities have emphasised the need for dedicated units and ex ante regulation to address the digital economy.

Not relying on leniency will encourage applications, Prewitt says

Not relying on leniency will encourage applications, Prewitt says

06 June 2019

Competition authorities must be better at developing their own investigative techniques for discovering cartels, to create a fear of detection that brings forward leniency applicants, Latham and Watkins partner Elizabeth Prewitt has said.

Peer pressure is crucial to ICN’s role, ex-JFTC official says

Peer pressure is crucial to ICN’s role, ex-JFTC official says

06 June 2019

An important role of the International Competition Network is to apply peer pressure to ensure nations adopt global standards of competition enforcement, a former secretary general of Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has said.