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Adopting versus implementing competition rules in central Europe

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Adopting legislation is one thing; implementing it is often another. Dennis Oswell of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, looks at how central and eastern European countries are applying antitrust rules in an environment often unfavourable to true competition

The case for economists in antitrust: evidence, theory - and more evidence

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Introducing Global Competition Review’s survey of the World’s leading competition economists, Kevin J Arquit and Richard Wolfram of Rogers & Wells, New York set out what they believe is required of a competition economist in an antitrust case and how he or she can best work with counsel to produce winning arguments

Economic analysis of competition cries out for method

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Economic analysis is an increasingly important part of EC competition law. But, says Doris Hildebrand of European Legal & Marketing Consultants of Brüggen, Germany, its application in this area is misleading and confused Economic analysis is being applied in an increasingly sophisticated way to EC competition law. In particular, the Commission’s policy shift towards greater recognition of the significance of economics within the context of competition issues marks a kind of revolution.

One-stop shop moves closer

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The European ideal of ‘one-stop shopping’ moves within the Commission’s sights on March 1, when important amendments to the 1989 EC Merger Regulation come into force, introducing some procedural changes and, perhaps more importantly, extending the scope of the Commission’s jurisdiction at the EU level. Fenella Quinn went to Brussels to gauge lawyers’ reaction to the new regime

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

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.

Merger control filings

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Martin Bechtold of Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster, Frankfurt, considers whether the new Common Form for merger control proceedings produced by Britain, France and Germany can ease the pain of multinational filing in Europe

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