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Survey of the world's leading competition economists

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There is an increasing need to bring the specialist skills and knowledge of the economist to bear in competition cases. To aid competition lawyers and corporate counsel in identifying experienced experts in the economics of competition, GCR conducted an international survey on competition economists. The criteria for inclusion (see box, below) were stringent, and those who met them are listed below. Research by Maija Pesola and Jon Cowie

Americans and Europeans revisit Boeing

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At the ABA’s 46th annual spring meeting in Washington DC, the International Committee convened to discuss the jurisdictional and substantive law conflicts in the Boeing/McDonnell merger. The dust has now settled on the deal - which was finally cleared by the European Commission in July last year - allowing the chair, Mark Warner, to bring together a panel consisting of some of the leading participants in the deal to look at the implications of the case. While the agenda looked forward, some speakers took the chance to vent their frustration at what happened. Callum Campbell reports

A question mark against the Merger

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Sebastian O’Meara braved the storm of the century to join other bedraggled delegates in Athens for the IBA’s 9th annual seminar on Telecommunication Services and Competition Law in Europe, which looked, among other topics, at the Internet and strategic alliances

US and European models shaping Latin American competition

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Shanker Singham of Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Miami, applauds the rapidity with which Latin American countries have developed antitrust and competition laws and considers what clues some recent cases may hold to the future development of policy

Notice on market definition fails to assess dominance

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Thomas Hoehn of the Law and Economics Consulting Group’s London office and Chris Newton of London Economics argue that the EC’s October 1997 Notice on market definition applies a test more suited to investigating merger cases than cases of existing dominance

An interview with Jorge Bogo

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Argentina has had a competition agency, the Comisión Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia, since 1980. But, says current chairman Dr Jorge Bogo, it has only begun to show its teeth over the last year. GCR’s Sebastian O’Meara spoke to Bogo at the 1997 Fordham conference in New York

Australia: Pay TV in state of flux

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Pay TV in Australia has faltered at a number of hurdles which have been erected by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in its determination to ensure that there are three main competitors in Australia, despite the apparent inevitability that one or more of the three will fail.

EC merger control: new thresholds and joint venture rules

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The new merger control rules introduced by the EU have halved the combined global turnover thresholds for merging entities. John Ratliff and Jean- Michel Coumes of Stanbrook and Hooper, Brussels, explain the changes

Mexico still setting the pace for Latin America

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Competition law in Mexico will be five years old this year, but the country’s antitrust authorities like to think they are continuing to show the rest of Latin America the way forward.

An interview with Joel Klein

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By tackling Microsoft, Department of Justice Antitrust Division chief Joel Klein has found himself in uncharted territory for most regulators - the front pages of the mainstream press. Sebastian O’Meara spoke to him at his Washington DC offices.