Conference Coverage

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.

No evidence for acquisition problem in tech, says Hoffman

No evidence for acquisition problem in tech, says Hoffman

23 May 2019

No hard data right now show that serial acquisitions by big companies in digital markets are anticompetitive, the Federal Trade Commission’s competition director has said.

Agency tech units can bring expertise, US FTC head says

Agency tech units can bring expertise, US FTC head says

16 May 2019

The chair of the US Federal Trade Commission has insisted that past multisided platform cases provide the tools and framework to deal with digital platforms, but also touted the creation of a permanent unit to evaluate such competition concerns.

Updates to German law can also help digital companies, says Mundt

Updates to German law can also help digital companies, says Mundt

16 May 2019

Changes to German law to tackle the digital economy have so far not harmed merging companies, the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

Mundt: break up the market power of data

Mundt: break up the market power of data

14 May 2019

The Facebook case brought by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is a first step to break up market power in the digital economy with a quasi-structural remedy for data, the head of the agency has said.