Conference Coverage

OECD and ICN struggle to harmonise competition enforcement, says ex-FTC boss

27 March 2019

International competition policy and advocacy organisations do not provide a “plausible framework” for reducing the costs of antitrust compliance or for beefing up multilateral enforcement, the former acting director of the US Federal Trade Commission's bureau of competition has said.

Enforcers must explain case closure decisions, says ex-CMA official

27 March 2019

Competition authorities around the world should be writing up case closure decisions to provide greater clarity to industry and to improve transparency, an ex-official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

International cooperation can prevent costly errors, CADE commissioner says

International cooperation can prevent costly errors, CADE commissioner says

27 March 2019

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog looks beyond its borders for ideas on how to deal with certain competition issues based on policies that have been adopted in other jurisdictions, a commissioner at the country’s enforcer has said.

Forex defence: traders saw themselves against the market, not their customers

Forex defence: traders saw themselves against the market, not their customers

26 March 2019

The US Department of Justice and private plaintiffs said traders harmed the market by coordinating on foreign exchange transactions and benchmarks, but the traders – including the DOJ’s star witness – said they had sought to help their customers.

US DOJ view of digital platforms guided by Trinko

US DOJ view of digital platforms guided by Trinko

26 March 2019

The second-highest official at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said the US Supreme Court’s 2004 statement that monopoly power is not in itself illegal guides the agency’s thinking as it examines the major digital platforms.

Kenyan antitrust head: artificial intelligence could be catastrophic for Africa

Kenyan antitrust head: artificial intelligence could be catastrophic for Africa

26 March 2019

The proliferation of anticompetitive algorithms could have potentially “catastrophic” effects for Africa, the head of Kenya’s antitrust enforcer has warned.

Tickets still available for GCR Live 4th Annual Cartels conference

21 March 2019

Michael Hausfeld and other panelists will discuss where the US Department of Justice went wrong in its failed prosecution of three Forex traders at GCR’s 4th Annual Cartels conference in Washington, DC, next week.

New ASEAN agencies expect to start enforcement soon

New ASEAN agencies expect to start enforcement soon

18 March 2019

Senior officials at competition authorities in Vietnam, Brunei and Myanmar have said their agencies are building capacity, issuing guidelines and preparing to bring cases.

Japan considers how to address digital economy

Japan considers how to address digital economy

15 March 2019

The digital economy is a priority for Japan’s Fair Trade Commission, a senior official said last week, as the agency considers how existing laws can address issues raised by online markets.

Top enforcers call for global response to dominance in digital markets

15 March 2019

Competition agency heads in South Africa, Korea and the UK have called for a worldwide solution to the substantial market power of some internet companies – but how that might work remains unclear.