Conference Coverage

CMA chair: Big tech is a legitimate concern

14 March 2019

Consumers are right to worry about the rise of major technology platforms and the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is seriously considering investigating aspects of the sector, the agency’s chair has said.

Apple complaint indicates wider problem, Spotify boss says

Apple complaint indicates wider problem, Spotify boss says

14 March 2019

A day after filing an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission, Spotify’s chief executive has warned that the traditional means of defining dominance may no longer be accurate and called for new principles governing platforms that also compete downstream.

Thai enforcer shops for cases

Thai enforcer shops for cases

11 March 2019

Thailand’s newly-independent competition authority continues to staff up and is looking to enforce the law as well as educate businesses about antitrust rules, a senior official at the agency has said.

Grab/Uber highlights need for pre-merger power, Singapore enforcer says

Grab/Uber highlights need for pre-merger power, Singapore enforcer says

07 March 2019

The way that Grab and Uber went about their merger demonstrates a need for greater enforcement power, a top official at Singapore’s competition watchdog has said.

Malaysia seeks to have merger control by year’s end

Malaysia seeks to have merger control by year’s end

07 March 2019

Malaysia’s Competition Commission aims to implement a merger control regime by the end of this year, the authority’s chair has said.

Pre-merger notification and more awaited in Indonesia

Pre-merger notification and more awaited in Indonesia

07 March 2019

Indonesia’s competition enforcer hopes to gain jurisdiction over foreign companies, a leniency programme, pre-merger notifications and other changes before national elections in April, a senior official at the agency has said.

Lack of political integration limits Latin American cooperation, de Silva says

06 March 2019

An equivalent of the European Competition Network in Latin America will not be able to achieve the same level of cooperation because the continent lacks Europe’s political integration, the head of France’s Competition Authority has said.

Competition law does not represent reality, French prime minister says

05 March 2019

The application of European competition law in its current form has achieved its objective but reached its limit and must be changed because it is no longer in line with reality, France’s prime minister Édouard Philippe has said.

DG Comp official: agree on traditional sectors before moving to digital

DG Comp official: agree on traditional sectors before moving to digital

27 February 2019

The antitrust community needs to agree on the fundamental principles relating to “easier industries” such as the pharmaceutical and agrochemical sectors before it can tackle more complicated issues in digital markets, an EU official has said.

Divergence on MFNs down to priority setting, says German official

Divergence on MFNs down to priority setting, says German official

27 February 2019

Debate about national enforcers’ diverging approaches to most-favoured nation clauses “seems a bit excessive”, but is down to differences in priorities, an official at Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.