Features

Year in preview: the app economy in Korea

Year in preview: the app economy in Korea

14 February 2019

Tens of thousands of Korean taxi drivers have fiercely protested in Seoul to boycott the launch of an Uber-like transportation service. Following two drivers’ public suicides, the new era of such platforms is sparking intense debate over whether consumer welfare trumps all in one of Asia’s largest cities.

An interview with Anne Riley

An interview with Anne Riley

11 February 2019

The head of Shell’s global antitrust team, Anne Riley, will step down at the end of February after 35 years as a practising competition lawyer. She spoke to Charley Connor about the changing antitrust landscape, the importance of compliance advocacy and the relentless march of technology.

Brazil’s leniency programme – 15 years in effect

Brazil’s leniency programme – 15 years in effect

07 February 2019

Alexandre Barreto de Souza became president of Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence in June 2017. Here he discusses CADE’s use of leniency to further its goals for cartel prevention and enforcement.

Year in preview: Antitrust in Africa’s growing economies

05 February 2019

At the start of 2018, the World Bank forecasted Africa to have six out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. Yet competition policy is still in its infancy in many of these emerging economies – which means they may be bucking the standard advice of antitrust enforcement as a means of achieving faster economic growth.

Year in Preview: South Africa awaits new competition act

31 January 2019

Much has been written about controversial new changes to South Africa’s competition law, but in 2019 the country will see how those unprecedented amendments begin to affect enforcement.

Year in Preview: UK to enter digital platform debate

Year in Preview: UK to enter digital platform debate

30 January 2019

In 2018, the UK government commissioned an expert panel to examine if powerful digital platforms pose a threat to consumers and competition. This year, the panel will try to provide an answer.

Year in preview: Chinese antitrust enforcement and the US trade war

Year in preview: Chinese antitrust enforcement and the US trade war

28 January 2019

By far one of the most dominant story lines in 2018 was the increased trade tension between the world’s two largest economies – the US and China.

Year in preview: the shadow of Brexit

Year in preview: the shadow of Brexit

24 January 2019

Regardless of whether the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, with or without a departure agreement, the prospect of Brexit will continue to have a significant effect on the UK’s competition regime.

Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

17 January 2019

At the end of 2018, the European Commission approved two mergers at Phase I that the companies had notified to the enforcer several months earlier – but had then withdrawn and re-filed. Observers say the tactic, a standard option in US merger practice, is becoming more common in the EU to avoid costly Phase II reviews.

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

11 January 2019

With a new Nordic Cooperation Agreement slowly ushering in renewed collaboration among Scandinavian antitrust enforcers, GCR spoke to the head of Norway’s Competition Authority about tough choices, challenges and how the enforcer is tackling its leniency problem.