Conference Coverage

CMA official: Lawmakers “worrying” about digital markets

CMA official: Lawmakers “worrying” about digital markets

02 March 2020

Governments and regulators worldwide are “worrying” about how to regulate digital markets, an official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

Slaughter: US FTC should disclose probes

Slaughter: US FTC should disclose probes

02 March 2020

The US Federal Trade Commission should consider making its investigations public to increase accountability, a commissioner at the agency has suggested.

CMA may hold more witness interviews in merger probes

CMA may hold more witness interviews in merger probes

02 March 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is “increasingly considering” making use of its witness interview powers to gather evidence in merger investigations, the enforcer’s chief executive has said.

Consider blocking more digital deals, says de Silva

Consider blocking more digital deals, says de Silva

28 February 2020

The head of France’s Competition Authority has suggested that her agency should prohibit more mergers in the digital economy when it is unsure of the deal’s impact on competition.

European Commission won’t lower thresholds, says Régibeau

European Commission won’t lower thresholds, says Régibeau

27 February 2020

The chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said he does not think the commission is considering changing merger thresholds.

FTC official: Illumina/PacBio was a “future innovation story”

FTC official: Illumina/PacBio was a “future innovation story”

27 February 2020

The US Federal Trade Commission’s deputy director of competition has shed light on her agency’s challenge to the now-abandoned Illumina/Pacific Biosciences deal.

Valletti decries consumer welfare standard

Valletti decries consumer welfare standard

26 February 2020

The consumer welfare standard is a “very imperfect system” that could be supplanted by “almost anything else”, the former chief competition economist for the EU has said.

Algorithms pose “serious” competition risk, Portuguese enforcer claims

Algorithms pose “serious” competition risk, Portuguese enforcer claims

26 February 2020

The president of Portugal’s competition authority has warned of a “future of rampant tacit collusion” brought about by advanced algorithms.

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.