Features

Post Coty, the controversy continues

Post Coty, the controversy continues

08 February 2018

White & Case partners Assimakis Komninos in Brussels and Justus Herrlinger in Hamburg look at luxury, selective distribution and the questions still unanswered about what manufacturers can do.

Noble cause, uncertain effects for South Africa’s competition amendments

Noble cause, uncertain effects for South Africa’s competition amendments

07 February 2018

In the shadow of apartheid’s economic legacy, South Africa’s competition amendment bill seeks to bring black enterprises into the country’s economy. But lawyers fear it may yield uncertainty and deter business.

An interview with Derek Ridyard

An interview with Derek Ridyard

02 February 2018

RBB Economics co-founder Derek Ridyard retired at the end of January to become a member of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal. Speaking to Tom Madge-Wyld, he reflected on a career that witnessed first-hand the growth of competition economics as an industry across Europe.

An interview with Mei-Ying Huang

An interview with Mei-Ying Huang

16 January 2018

Mei-Ying Huang, the chairwoman of Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, sat down with Tom Webb to discuss the agency’s priorities, relationships with other Asian competition enforcers, and response to the growth of the digital economy.

Fiscal state aid: are US companies being unfairly targeted?

Fiscal state aid: are US companies being unfairly targeted?

05 January 2018

Analysis Group president Pierre Cremieux, managing principal Marc Van Audenrode and principal David Mishol analyse whether the European Commission’s tax-related state aid investigations disproportionately target US companies.

An interview with Alexandre Barreto de Souza

An interview with Alexandre Barreto de Souza

05 January 2018

In April 2017, Brazilian president Michel Temer appointed former ministry official Alexandre Barreto de Souza as president of Brazil's Administrative Council for Economic Defence. In an interview at the BRICS conference in Brazil in October 2017, Charles McConnell asked Souza about his first months at CADE and what the future might hold for the enforcer.

Russia’s competition bar

19 December 2017

As Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has picked up its activity in recent years, the country’s excellent antitrust lawyers have followed right along. Charles McConnell weighs a solid mix of local law firms and major international law firms with Russian branches

An interview with Igor Artemiev

An interview with Igor Artemiev

19 December 2017

Igor Artemiev has headed Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service since its establishment in 2004, and is deservedly proud of its progress. He spoke with Charles McConnell about the competition authority’s work attacking monopolies and collusive actors as it stands guard over the liberalisation of the Russian economy – a role that Artemiev says can make him unpopular with other government officials as well as with certain businesses.

An interview with John Pecman

19 December 2017

The tenure of Canada’s acclaimed Commissioner of Competition John Pecman is set to expire in June 2018. Sonya Lalli spoke to him in September about how the Competition Bureau has fared under his leadership, challenges that persist and what could lie ahead.

Public interest in merger reviews

Public interest in merger reviews

19 December 2017

At the 2017 GCR Live New York conference in September, practitioners discussed merger reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which determines if such investments are compatible with the US national interest, and by China’s Ministry of Commerce, which includes public interest in its analysis. During a panel on public interest considerations in merger review, Shawn Cooley, the former Director of Foreign Investment Risk Management at the US Department of Homeland Security; Calvin Goldman QC, the former head of Canada’s Competition Bureau; Ilene Knable Gotts, a top mergers adviser; and Susan Ning, who consulted on the creation of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, talked about how to handle cross-border deals.