Conference Coverage

Antitrust tools are being stretched in digital markets, economist says

Antitrust tools are being stretched in digital markets, economist says

01 November 2018

Although antitrust enforcers insist that they have the legal tools and powers to address potential anticompetitive harms in the digital economy, they appear to sometimes overreach, an adviser to Google has said.

China regulator approached Luxottica/Essilor with caution, says Linklaters partner

China regulator approached Luxottica/Essilor with caution, says Linklaters partner

01 November 2018

A Linklaters partner has said China’s decision to impose remedies on the merger of lens manufacturer Luxottica and eyewear company Essilor was partly due to third-party pressure on a new antitrust agency, despite the US and EU unconditionally clearing the deal earlier this year.

Wilson insists US FTC is open to alternative standards

Wilson insists US FTC is open to alternative standards

30 October 2018

The newest member of the US Federal Trade Commission has said the agency is listening to criticism about how it enforces antitrust law, while reiterating her previous scepticism about certain behavioural remedies.

Data can impede cartel prosecutions, Israeli enforcer says

Data can impede cartel prosecutions, Israeli enforcer says

30 October 2018

The increasing need to master vast swathes of data when prosecuting cartels poses a huge obstacle and challenge to digital era enforcement, the head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority has warned.

CADE looks to prevent clashes between antitrust and foreign trade enforcement

CADE looks to prevent clashes between antitrust and foreign trade enforcement

30 October 2018

A commissioner at Brazil's competition authority has revealed that the agency will become a member of the country's foreign trade chamber in a push to prevent conflicts with antitrust enforcement.

State aid official: we need right toolkit to define selectivity principle

State aid official: we need right toolkit to define selectivity principle

12 October 2018

The European Court of Justice’s recent Heitkamp Bauholding ruling shows the importance the courts attach to the selectivity principle in state aid – but the European Commission lacks “the right toolkit” to define the correct reference system in such cases, a commission official has said.

EU has made private enforcement in state aid less attractive, says lawyer

EU has made private enforcement in state aid less attractive, says lawyer

11 October 2018

The European Commission and EU courts have made state aid private enforcement “less appealing and less attractive” by ignoring national court judgments, a state aid lawyer has said.

EU official: courts must back digital sector enforcement

11 October 2018

It is up to the EU courts to uphold decisions by the European Commission as it adapts long-standing principles of competition enforcement to address new business conduct in digital markets, a senior official has said.

Google cases might have been slower with interim measures, DG Comp official says

Google cases might have been slower with interim measures, DG Comp official says

08 October 2018

Criticism of the speed of the European Commission’s Google Shopping and Android probes is somewhat unjust, and using interim measures in those cases might have risked slowing down the final outcomes, a senior official at the EU enforcer has said.

Presumption of parental influence a concern, barrister says

Presumption of parental influence a concern, barrister says

04 October 2018

A ruling to allow two UK subsidiaries to be used as anchor defendants in follow-on litigation – on the presumption that they did not act independently of their parent companies – could increase the risk of irreconcilable judgments, a competition barrister has cautioned.