Features

Germany’s competition bar

Germany’s competition bar

07 October 2019

Germany’s competition bar finds itself at the heart of European and global antitrust. The Federal Cartel Office is one of the most prolific enforcers in the world, and German firms are rising to the challenge. Janith Aranze takes a look at how Germany’s best competition practices are shaping up.

When robots collude

When robots collude

27 September 2019

Today, cartelists are less likely to meet in a smoke-filled room than in a chat room. Is the next step for them to avoid meeting at all? Charley Connor explores how artificial intelligence could enable companies to avoid both antitrust liability and competition.

Face the nation

Face the nation

20 September 2019

From 2013 to 2017, three of the divestitures that the US Federal Trade Commission ordered as remedies for otherwise anticompetitive mergers in consumer-facing markets failed in various ways. Pallavi Guniganti explores how other competition authorities have used consumer surveys to inform merger analysis in these markets.

Firewalls: separation short of a breakup

Firewalls: separation short of a breakup

12 July 2019

“Break up Big Tech” has become a rallying cry on both ends of the political spectrum, as people around the world worry about dominant technology companies’ ability to buy up potential rivals and extend their reach into other areas of business. Pallavi Guniganti considers whether firewalls – separating business units operationally while keeping them under the same corporate umbrella – could address some of these competition concerns.

Transatlantic convergence in merger control? – Time for EU procedural and institutional reform

Transatlantic convergence in merger control? – Time for EU procedural and institutional reform

18 June 2019

White & Case partner Tilman Kuhn argues that with the ever-increasing duration of the merger review process and continued lack of timely and effective judicial redress, the need for procedural and even institutional reforms has become more pressing than ever.

The UK's competition bar

The UK's competition bar

03 June 2019

As Brexit looms and UK competition lawyers guess at what the future holds, Tom Madge-Wyld looks at how London’s best antitrust practices fared in 2018.

Going global

Going global

03 June 2019

Changes in law and legal norms are driving the spread of antitrust litigation around the world. GCR’s eighth annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum in Miami dug into the damages debate.

Cementing a legacy

Cementing a legacy

03 June 2019

Having been appointed to an unprecedented third term, Rod Sims is ready to cement his legacy as the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. By all accounts, he has achieved a great deal since taking the reins in 2011, but he is not about to slow down. Charles McConnell spoke with Sims about the path ahead.

Getting on board - Siemens/Alstom

Getting on board - Siemens/Alstom

03 June 2019

In February, the European Commission blocked Siemens/Alstom, setting off debate across the continent about whether the competition enforcer was a drag on EU companies in a cutthroat global marketplace. Janith Aranze reached out to five practitioners for their take on the decision, its reasoning and its impact on the future of EU merger regulation.

Learning to fly

Learning to fly

03 June 2019

Equipped with a new competition law as of December 2015, Hong Kong has embarked on an ambitious journey to bring strong enforcement to one of the world’s richest, but smallest, territories. Charles McConnell watches the fledgling enforcer’s first forays into antitrust.