Conference Coverage

State aid official denies bias against US companies

State aid official denies bias against US companies

21 May 2018

A European Commission official has said the enforcer’s fiscal state aid policy is not biased against US-based technology companies, pointing to the majority of cases that do not concern such companies.

DG Comp official: fairness is a consequence, not a goal

DG Comp official: fairness is a consequence, not a goal

21 May 2018

Fairness should be viewed as a consequence rather than an objective of competition enforcement, an EU official has said in response to criticism of fairness as an enforcement benchmark.

UK litigator: class action certification costs “staggering”

UK litigator: class action certification costs “staggering”

18 May 2018

Though concerns that class action litigation in the UK could become as expensive as it is in the US have been quelled, costs in UK cases so far have still been game-changing, a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills has said.

DG Comp official says Altice decision will provide gun-jumping guidance

DG Comp official says Altice decision will provide gun-jumping guidance

18 May 2018

The head of IT, telecoms and media mergers at the EU competition enforcer has said that a forthcoming decision explaining the European Commission’s fine on Altice will provide guidance on how companies should behave during the merger process.

CMA official: don’t lean too hard on winner-takes-all

17 May 2018

While counsel to one such deal said in-depth investigations of mergers between digital platforms could work in a deal’s favour, the senior director for mergers at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority cautioned against heavy reliance on winner-take-all arguments.

US FTC official warns against conflating antitrust and privacy

04 May 2018

Counsel for international antitrust at the US Federal Trade Commission has said enforcers “should not conflate” data privacy with competition issues, but dismissed suggestions the FTC does not take privacy concerns related to mergers seriously.

De Silva: online advertising markets too national for EU review

De Silva: online advertising markets too national for EU review

04 May 2018

The president of France’s Competition Authority has said online advertising markets remain “very strongly national”, which would make it difficult for the European Commission to conduct a study into that sector.

Facebook lawyer slams Germany probe

Facebook lawyer slams Germany probe

04 May 2018

Germany’s abuse of dominance finding against Facebook stretches existing antitrust laws, contradicts the requirements of article 102 and undermines the single economic entity doctrine, a lawyer at the social media company has said.

Dutch authority psyches up for compliance

Dutch authority psyches up for compliance

27 April 2018

Psychologists have helped the Netherlands’ Authority for Consumer and Markets use behavioural science to encourage competition law compliance in the shipping industry, as one described on Thursday.

DG Comp official: Commission “less aware” of the impact of private damages on leniency

DG Comp official: Commission “less aware” of the impact of private damages on leniency

26 April 2018

A European Commission official has said that while the enforcer is aware that complying with its leniency programme requires “effort and expense” for companies, it is “less aware” of the impact private damages will have on leniency applications.