Conference Coverage

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”.

DG Comp official: invisible hand isn’t working in pharma

DG Comp official: invisible hand isn’t working in pharma

03 June 2019

Pharmaceutical investment incentives are better fueled by longer patent periods than by governments allowing drugmakers to block entry or charge excessive prices, a director at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has said.

Phillips touts activist investment against private equity and common ownership concerns

Phillips touts activist investment against private equity and common ownership concerns

31 May 2019

Competition to control companies is a useful aspect of private equity investment and can counter worries that shareholders who own stakes across a sector enable companies to compete less vigorously, a member of the Federal Trade Commission has said.

Hong Kong enforcer mulls appeal despite winning

Hong Kong enforcer mulls appeal despite winning

24 May 2019

Hong Kong’s competition watchdog remains undecided about whether it will appeal against a ruling that requires it to prove competition violations beyond a reasonable doubt, the enforcer’s chief executive has said.

Mundt: Scrutinise digital markets for sake of society

Mundt: Scrutinise digital markets for sake of society

23 May 2019

Competition authorities must up their game in the digital sector to prevent a future that consists of rich elites and a new working poor, the head of Germany’s competition authority has said.

Consider public priorities in competition policy, enforcer says

Consider public priorities in competition policy, enforcer says

23 May 2019

Competition enforcement should take broader public policy priorities into account, a senior member of an antitrust authority has said.

Enforcers call for harmonising competition and consumer law

Enforcers call for harmonising competition and consumer law

23 May 2019

Competition enforcement and consumer protection should converge in the digital economy, officials from three national competition authorities have advised.