Conference Coverage

US enforcement undercuts its rhetoric, says South African enforcer

US enforcement undercuts its rhetoric, says South African enforcer

27 October 2017

Developing countries get a different message from the US government than Makan Delrahim’s claims about the importance of non-discrimination in competition enforcement, South Africa’s competition commissioner said today.

Novartis antitrust lawyer sceptical of innovation review in pharma mergers

Novartis antitrust lawyer sceptical of innovation review in pharma mergers

27 October 2017

The head of Novartis’ antitrust legal team yesterday said innovation considerations while reviewing mergers in the pharmaceutical industry may be a solution in search of a problem.

Whish: ECJ Intel judgment cements effects-based approach

Whish: ECJ Intel judgment cements effects-based approach

26 October 2017

The European Court of Justice’s ruling that allows Intel to show its rebates did not foreclose competition cements the place of an effects test in EU investigations of alleged exclusionary conduct, a leading expert said yesterday.

Brazil leniency needs improvement, says former CADE commissioner

Brazil leniency needs improvement, says former CADE commissioner

26 October 2017

A former commission of Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence said the authority needs to increase the predictability and reliability of its leniency programme.

Winckler: antitrust is under threat

Winckler: antitrust is under threat

26 October 2017

Antitrust’s “technocratic project” is under threat from populism and increasingly technical economic theories, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Antoine Winckler said yesterday.

Dow/Dupont was within guidelines, says DG Comp enforcer

Dow/Dupont was within guidelines, says DG Comp enforcer

26 October 2017

While a European Commission official defended the Dow/DuPont decision as fitting with both US and EU merger guidelines, competition practitioners said it departed from existing models of innovation analysis and invoked inconclusive economic theories.

Canadian enforcer calls for innovation catch-up

26 October 2017

Competition Bureau deputy commissioner Vicky Eatrides lauded the Canadian government’s initiative to foster innovation and competition in key sectors, but said the country is “lagging” behind in the global race for innovation – meaning domestic enforcers need to be flexible and leave room for innovative business models.

Vestager: competition cannot replace regulation

Vestager: competition cannot replace regulation

25 October 2017

The European Union’s commissioner for competition has warned that competition and regulation must be careful not to undermine each other.

Enforcers diverge over “fairness” in competition

Enforcers diverge over “fairness” in competition

25 October 2017

Talk of “fairness” in antitrust theories of harm has divided opinion between officials at the UK and Belgian competition authorities.

DG Comp to consider common ownership in mergers

DG Comp to consider common ownership in mergers

20 October 2017

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition will consider common ownership in its merger analysis, a senior official said, and the Dow/DuPont decision shows competition authorities are not “blind” to the issue.