Conference Coverage

ECJ AG Kokott: No need for “infamous” test after Intel

29 January 2018

The European Court of Justice’s Intel ruling did not oblige the European Commission and General Court to use the as-efficient competitor test to prove the harmful nature of loyalty rebates, Advocate General Juliane Kokott has said.

In syndicated markets, low concentration can mean higher prices

In syndicated markets, low concentration can mean higher prices

26 January 2018

Despite low levels of concentration, syndicated markets in which companies that win bids for work then subcontract that work to their rivals can make it easier for small companies to collude and raise prices, a group of academics has warned.

Fairness plays role in prioritising cases, says Vestager

26 January 2018

The European Union’s commissioner for competition said the concept of fairness plays a “substantial role” in helping the commission to prioritise cases.

DG Comp preparing internal document guidance, Vestager says

25 January 2018

Margrethe Vestager has said the European Commission has started preparing a set of best practices on requests for internal documents in merger cases, after saying internal documents helped the European Commission reach its conclusions in three major recent cases.

Vestager: No fundamental change from Intel judgment

25 January 2018

Margrethe Vestager has said the European Court of Justice’s Intel judgment will not “fundamentally change” how the commission analyses exclusivity rebates.

EU and China pre-notification is an unwritten burden, lawyers say

EU and China pre-notification is an unwritten burden, lawyers say

24 January 2018

Lawyers experienced in global merger review have criticised the pre-notification or pre-acceptance stages in the European Union and China for forcing unnecessary expenditures of time and money.

Kovacic: US antitrust influence wanes under Trump

Kovacic: US antitrust influence wanes under Trump

23 January 2018

Former US Federal Trade Commission chairman Bill Kovacic has warned that antitrust’s centre of gravity has migrated to Europe, but said a renewed “positive agenda” could set the US’s reputation back on course.

MasterCard claimant counsel outlines burden of class certification

01 December 2017

The lead barrister in the attempted opt-in interchange fee class action against MasterCard has highlighted the upfront cost of seeking UK antitrust class certification.

“Strategic mischief” possible from Brexit, claimants’ lawyer says

30 November 2017

Alleged victims of anticompetitive conduct could get “more arrows in the quiver” following the UK’s exit from the EU, a claimant-side lawyer has said.

Brexit will boost CMA international profile, says general counsel

Brexit will boost CMA international profile, says general counsel

30 November 2017

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority plans on an annual caseload increase and Brexit will give it a chance to increase its profile internationally, the enforcer’s general counsel has said. Malina McLennan at GCR Live London