Conference Coverage

Slow response to dominant platforms to be expected, says US academic

Slow response to dominant platforms to be expected, says US academic

18 January 2019

The slow social response to the market power of dominant platforms is to be expected, a former chief antitrust economist for the US Department of Justice has said.

Killer acquisitions are a recurring issue, says Vestager

Killer acquisitions are a recurring issue, says Vestager

17 January 2019

The European Commission has repeatedly heard that large digital businesses may be blocking innovation by buying tech start-ups, competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

DG Comp chief economist: use structural presumptions on “super dominant” companies

DG Comp chief economist: use structural presumptions on “super dominant” companies

14 December 2018

Structural presumptions could help competition authorities assess mergers by “super dominant” companies, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has suggested.

Merger enforcement should be farsighted, says digital competition expert

Merger enforcement should be farsighted, says digital competition expert

14 December 2018

Jason Furman, the chair of the UK’s expert panel on digital competition, has said merger control should be more “forward looking” and “farsighted” to deal with digital platforms.

Car Wash fines were too lenient, CADE commissioner says

Car Wash fines were too lenient, CADE commissioner says

29 November 2018

A commissioner at Brazil’s competition authority has criticised the €206.7 million fines that her own agency levied on four members of a construction cartel earlier this month, for being too small and for failing to disincentivise illegal collusion.

New Argentine authority expected next summer

New Argentine authority expected next summer

29 November 2018

A commissioner at Argentina's existing competition watchdog has said that plans to establish a new antitrust authority are behind schedule, but he remains optimistic that it will be in place by next summer.

DG Comp chief economist: Reverse burden of proof to catch killer acquisitions

DG Comp chief economist: Reverse burden of proof to catch killer acquisitions

20 November 2018

Shifting the burden of proof onto larger companies to prove the efficiencies of their deals could be a way to deal with the problem of “killer acquisitions”, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has said.

European champion could be devastating, says Vestager

European champion could be devastating, says Vestager

20 November 2018

Creating a European champion could have “completely devastating" results on jobs and industry, the European Union’s commissioner for competition has said.

Mundt: German merger regime may need rebalancing

Mundt: German merger regime may need rebalancing

08 November 2018

Germany may need to “reinvent the wheel” to reduce the number of merger filings its competition authority receives and to give it the power to review deals that fall below current merger thresholds, the head of its antitrust authority has said.

US DOJ rejects public interest factors even for non-competition agencies

US DOJ rejects public interest factors even for non-competition agencies

06 November 2018

The US Department of Justice’s top official for international antitrust has said that his agency urges not only competition authorities but all government bodies to avoid non-competition factors in assessing mergers.