Conference Coverage

EU overenforces in digital markets as US underenforces, says Melamed

26 February 2020

The European Commission lacks an adequate fact-finding process and suffers from “insufficient discipline” when enforcing in digital markets, a former acting head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

DG Comp official: European champions “not the way” to tackle competition from China

19 February 2020

Creating European champions “is not the way” to tackle competition from China, a head of unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition has said.

UK tribunal approach “may need to change” if enforcer changes merger review

19 February 2020

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal might have to change its approach if the competition enforcer’s merger review process changes, a tribunal chairman has said.

CMA official backs structural merger remedies

CMA official backs structural merger remedies

14 February 2020

The executive director for markets and mergers at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has defended the enforcer’s preference for structural remedies for deals, even as it has experimented with behavioural remedies in other areas.

DG Comp top economist: zero-price can be special and efficiencies credible

DG Comp top economist: zero-price can be special and efficiencies credible

10 February 2020

The new chief competition economist at the European Commission has predicted that the commission will offer additional theories of harm about data, but will be open to hearing efficiencies claims for mergers.

Lawyers see new politicisation of merger review

Lawyers see new politicisation of merger review

10 February 2020

As politicians have waded further into the waters of antitrust lately, some practitioners say enforcement is increasingly politicised.

Deferred prosecution offers middle-ground solution, DOJ official says

Deferred prosecution offers middle-ground solution, DOJ official says

07 February 2020

Deferred prosecution agreements can provide an important middle ground between declining to prosecute and securing a conviction, the head of criminal enforcement at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

CMA official defends rhetoric on free markets

CMA official defends rhetoric on free markets

07 February 2020

The executive director for markets and mergers at the UK’s competition authority has vigorously countered a lawyer’s claims that the agency doesn’t believe in free markets anymore.

CMA to release digital advertising market study report

CMA to release digital advertising market study report

13 December 2019

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority will release its interim report on its market study into online platforms and digital advertising next week, an official has said.

CMA chief economist sees clear underenforcement in tech mergers

CMA chief economist sees clear underenforcement in tech mergers

13 December 2019

Competition authorities have clearly not enforced enough against technology mergers, the chief economist at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.