Conference Coverage

US and Mexico antitrust heads diverge on regulation

13 November 2017

The head of Mexico’s competition authority called for “smart regulation” as a tool to promote competition in the Mexican market last week, but acting US Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen warned that excessive regulation could dampen competition.

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

10 November 2017

A panel of experts, including former US Department of Justice acting antitrust head Renata Hesse, have lamented the development of unilateral conduct cases in Europe, and voiced concerns that the European Commission may be motivated by politics and public relations.

Privacy is part of antitrust, says former EU official

Privacy is part of antitrust, says former EU official

10 November 2017

The former deputy chief economist of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market and Industry has said antitrust enforcers could use the degradation of privacy as proof of competitive harm, but would also have to show that data collection stemmed from market power.

Beijing lawyer denies China’s authorities favour national interests

Beijing lawyer denies China’s authorities favour national interests

10 November 2017

Acknowledging that outsiders often perceive that China’s three competition authorities as favouring Chinese companies and national interests, JunHe partner Yingling Wei denied that populism has had a visible effect on antitrust enforcement in China.

Don’t let populism undercut antitrust, US officials say

Don’t let populism undercut antitrust, US officials say

02 November 2017

The success story of global competition enforcement shouldn’t be undermined by populist cries to politicise antitrust regimes, the heads of international affairs for both the US Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division warned last week.

CORRECTED: Econometrics can help fix problems, says CADE chief economist

CORRECTED: Econometrics can help fix problems, says CADE chief economist

02 November 2017

The chief economist at Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence said last week that econometrics can solve some antitrust problems.

US FTC chair calls out foreign fines

US FTC chair calls out foreign fines

01 November 2017

The acting chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission has criticised the European Commission and other foreign enforcers for basing antitrust fines on companies such as Google on their turnover rather than on the damage done to competition, and for using the same method to calculate fines for abuse of dominance as for cartels.

Canadian enforcer defends immunity shake-up

Canadian enforcer defends immunity shake-up

30 October 2017

The Competition Bureau’s proposal to revise its immunity programme came under fire at the Canadian Bar Association conference, but a senior cartels official argued that the changes are necessary to make the bureau “prosecution ready”.

Pecman backs overhaul to Canada’s efficiencies defence

30 October 2017

While admitting that he lacks the power to bring about change, the head of Canada’s Competition Bureau last week said his agency's approach to efficiencies in merger control cases should be in line with international standards.

Kovacic: Lava Jato is the world’s most important antitrust case

Kovacic: Lava Jato is the world’s most important antitrust case

27 October 2017

Former US Federal Trade Commission chair William Kovacic today said the sprawling Operation Lava Jato investigation is the most important active antitrust case in the world.