Features

Japan’s competition bar

13 November 2019

After several years of treading water, Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has a new focus on platforms and improvements to its leniency regime, which bode well for the future of the country’s competition community. Matt Richards ranks the high performers.

Pushing antitrust forward with Putin’s support: an interview with Igor Artemiev

Pushing antitrust forward with Putin’s support: an interview with Igor Artemiev

12 November 2019

Igor Artemiev has led Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service for 15 years and seen it grow into one of the world’s most competent competition authorities. In recent years, the antitrust watchdog has stepped into the ring against some of the largest global companies. At the same time, it tries to instil the principles of competition in an economy that still grapples with its Soviet past – state involvement, oligopolists and more – and has suffered from rounds of international sanctions. Artemiev sat down with Charles McConnell in mid-September on the sidelines of this year’s BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – competition conference in Moscow. Joined by his deputy Andrey Tsyganov, Artemiev touched on some of the agency’s successes and priorities.

Peru’s competition bar

06 November 2019

Peru’s competition bar will make its GCR 100 debut in 2020 – an addition to the publication that at least one Peruvian lawyer says was overdue. While GCR has surveyed the bar occasionally in the past, a significant uptick in enforcement and the pending implementation of a full-fledged merger control regime have added Peru to the ranks of jurisdictions that should be on international companies’ and lawyers’ radar.

“A disruption with the past that will be here to stay”

“A disruption with the past that will be here to stay”

24 October 2019

A key driver of the increase in enforcement activity by Portugal’s Competition Authority has been its president Margarida Matos Rosa, who began her role in November 2016. She sat down with GCR to discuss the agency’s work.

Where to draw the line? Exploring the bounds of CCI’s protective net

Where to draw the line? Exploring the bounds of CCI’s protective net

23 October 2019

While some contractual disputes ostensibly can be addressed by both Indian competition and consumer protection laws, Anisha Chand and Soham Banerjee identify the appropriate forum depending on the nature and scope of the dispute to ensure no overstepping of the legislative mandates.

Portugal’s competition bar

Portugal’s competition bar

11 October 2019

A new president at Portugal’s Competition Authority has triggered a dramatic rise in behavioural investigations, which along with merger work kept the country’s competition lawyers busy. Matt Richards considers the firms and individuals leading the way.

Monopsony - neither new nor fake news

Monopsony - neither new nor fake news

07 October 2019

Monopsony, a word previously used primarily by antitrust cognoscenti, has gone mainstream. Presidential hopefuls worry about the scourge of buyer power and draft legislation to address it more explicitly in the antitrust laws. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has held public hearings to discuss the topic, and both the FTC and the Department of Justice have brought challenges involving monopsony. Arnold & Porter partners Deborah Feinstein in Washington, DC, and John Schmidt in London explore the ongoing debate about monopsony and the issues that have arisen in recent cases.

DC Workshop

DC Workshop

07 October 2019

Critics say competition enforcers are struggling to keep up with the effects of growing market power. The first GCR Live DC workshop featured economists Hal Singer and Steven Salop presenting proposals to police vertical integration, to an audience of practitioners, enforcers, academics and advocates.

Australia’s competition bar

Australia’s competition bar

07 October 2019

The digital economy and a determination to bring down the hammer on collusion have made Australia’s competition authority an enforcer to fear. Charles McConnell talks to the lawyers who face off against – and sometimes act for – a top-flight agency.

Germany’s competition bar

Germany’s competition bar

07 October 2019

Germany’s competition bar finds itself at the heart of European and global antitrust. The Federal Cartel Office is one of the most prolific enforcers in the world, and German firms are rising to the challenge. Janith Aranze takes a look at how Germany’s best competition practices are shaping up.