Conference Coverage

CMA chief economist: counterfactual has become “ugly” for tech deals

CMA chief economist: counterfactual has become “ugly” for tech deals

17 June 2019

Assessing the counterfactual scenario for deals in the digital sectors has become “ugly”, the chief economist at the UK’s antitrust enforcer has said.

Digital competition advice applies more generally, Fletcher says

Digital competition advice applies more generally, Fletcher says

17 June 2019

Recommendations in a report about the digital economy are relevant to non-digital sectors and non-competition concerns, an author of the report has said.

Valletti sees “endemic” market failures in digital sector

Valletti sees “endemic” market failures in digital sector

07 June 2019

The chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Competition has proposed tools to combat chronic underenforcement in the digital sector.

Ex ante regulation is crucial in digital sector, UK and Australian enforcers agree

Ex ante regulation is crucial in digital sector, UK and Australian enforcers agree

07 June 2019

Officials from the UK and Australian competition authorities have emphasised the need for dedicated units and ex ante regulation to address the digital economy.

Not relying on leniency will encourage applications, Prewitt says

Not relying on leniency will encourage applications, Prewitt says

06 June 2019

Competition authorities must be better at developing their own investigative techniques for discovering cartels, to create a fear of detection that brings forward leniency applicants, Latham and Watkins partner Elizabeth Prewitt has said.

Peer pressure is crucial to ICN’s role, ex-JFTC official says

Peer pressure is crucial to ICN’s role, ex-JFTC official says

06 June 2019

An important role of the International Competition Network is to apply peer pressure to ensure nations adopt global standards of competition enforcement, a former secretary general of Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has said.

CMA data head: enforcers should create and share code

06 June 2019

The head of the new data and technology unit at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has recommended that enforcers share code developed during investigations to increase efficiency.

Mundt and Laitenberger disagree on stretching antitrust

Mundt and Laitenberger disagree on stretching antitrust

04 June 2019

The heads of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition have voiced conflicting views on whether to stretch the bounds of antitrust policies to address the digital economy.

German enforcer: Innovation in digital economy is all about data access

German enforcer: Innovation in digital economy is all about data access

03 June 2019

The head of Germany’s Monopolies Commission has praised Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for investing in innovation, but said they need to grant greater access to rivals.

Vestager: Governments must take back control of the digital world

Vestager: Governments must take back control of the digital world

03 June 2019

The EU’s competition commissioner has said that regulators need to look beyond competition policy to tackle dominant platforms that run a “whole centre of large empires”.