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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.

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

Bright young things

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45 competition lawyers under 45

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

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

Antitrust analysis and remedies in high-tech industries

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What should competition officials do about Microsoft? Mary Coleman and James Langenfeld* of LEGC, Inc believe that competition regulations should only be applied to high tecnology sectors with caution

Analysis of cross-licensing and patent pooling by US Antitrust authorities

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The interplay between intellectual property law and antitrust law has increasingly compelled the interest of US antitrust authorities. John E Daniel of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, New York, considers what the Antitrust Division has been thinking and doing about crosslicensing and patent pooling - practices that have hitherto attracted little attention

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

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