Conference Coverage

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.

Vestager: data sharing as a remedy may be necessary

Vestager: data sharing as a remedy may be necessary

02 April 2019

The EU commissioner for competition has said requiring companies to share data may be needed as a new tool to remedy anticompetitive conduct.

CORRECTED: US DOJ looks at boosting leniency

CORRECTED: US DOJ looks at boosting leniency

02 April 2019

The head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division said that leniency applications in 2018 were on par with historical averages – the day after the division’s international section chief said the agency is thinking about how to deal with claims that leniency has become more costly.

DG Comp deputy: be careful with data access remedies

DG Comp deputy: be careful with data access remedies

01 April 2019

Remedies involving access to datasets have to be adopted very carefully and only when such access is “practically essential to compete”, a senior European Commission official has said.

Philippine enforcer laments difficulties of behavioural remedies

Philippine enforcer laments difficulties of behavioural remedies

01 April 2019

Monitoring behavioural commitments is proving to be harder than expected, an official at the Philippine Competition Commission has said.

GCR Awards 2019 - in pictures

GCR Awards 2019 - in pictures

29 March 2019

The GCR Awards held at the Four Seasons in Washington, DC, on Tuesday night brought out the best of the antitrust world. Here is a snapshot of that night, which was sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright and Gleiss Lutz and raised valuable funds for the Swawou School Foundation.

US agencies contemplate new vertical guidance

US agencies contemplate new vertical guidance

29 March 2019

The heads of the US Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division have said they are in the early stages of discussing new guidelines on vertical mergers.