Conference Coverage

DG Comp official evaluates reform proposals

DG Comp official evaluates reform proposals

09 September 2019

While the consensus among competition lawyers and economists is that enforcers cannot wait on intervening in fast-moving markets, some changes in enforcement may be difficult to achieve, an official at the European Commission’s directorate-general for competition has said.

FAS official calls big data a “new oil”

FAS official calls big data a “new oil”

09 July 2019

A senior official at Russia’s antitrust watchdog has likened “big data” to oil and suggested that all market participants should have equal access to it.

DG Comp official previews vertical block exemption concerns

DG Comp official previews vertical block exemption concerns

03 July 2019

E-commerce has changed the game for businesses’ vertical relationships, and the current vertical block exemption regulation does not fit those more complex relationships, Thomas Kramler has said.

Informal complaints keep cartel cases coming, says Belgian antitrust head

Informal complaints keep cartel cases coming, says Belgian antitrust head

02 July 2019

The president of Belgium’s Competition Authority has said that while the number of leniency applications his agency receives has gone down, the number of cartel cases that it opens has not.

Interim measures help to keep antitrust relevant, says DG Comp official

Interim measures help to keep antitrust relevant, says DG Comp official

01 July 2019

The timing of an intervention such as the interim remedies proposed for Broadcom can make enforcement more effective, a senior official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has said.

Snoep: Enforcers should look further into future for merger control

Snoep: Enforcers should look further into future for merger control

01 July 2019

Competition authorities’ merger analysis should include longer-term developments such as innovation and potential market entrants, the head of the Netherlands’ antitrust enforcer has said.

Ofcom chief economist warns on digital markets unit

Ofcom chief economist warns on digital markets unit

26 June 2019

The chief economist at the UK’s telecommunications regulator has raised concerns about a national digital markets unit.

DG Comp official acknowledges burdensome merger control requirements

DG Comp official acknowledges burdensome merger control requirements

20 June 2019

The European Commission is aware of the “heavy burden” it places on companies to provide internal documents during a merger review, an official at the competition enforcer has said while pointing to how this can help to clear deals.

Courts must embrace innovative enforcement of digital economy, Mundt says

Courts must embrace innovative enforcement of digital economy, Mundt says

19 June 2019

Competition authorities cannot be innovative in tackling the digital economy if national courts fail to distinguish the sector from other industries, Andreas Mundt has said.

Coscelli: UK antitrust regime favours large companies

Coscelli: UK antitrust regime favours large companies

18 June 2019

UK competition enforcement gives greater opportunities for large companies to challenge enforcement decisions and defend their interests, in contrast to small businesses and consumers, the head of the UK’s antitrust enforcer has said.