12 January 2020
Amid steady consolidation and weak commodity prices in the agricultural industry, some Democrats are trying to bring trust busting to centre stage. Spencer Parts zeroes in on the scene in Iowa – the first state to vote on contenders in presidential primaries.
13 November 2019
After several years of treading water, Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has a new focus on platforms and improvements to its leniency regime, which bode well for the future of the country’s competition community. Matt Richards ranks the high performers.
12 November 2019
Igor Artemiev has led Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service for 15 years and seen it grow into one of the world’s most competent competition authorities. In recent years, the antitrust watchdog has stepped into the ring against some of the largest global companies. At the same time, it tries to instil the principles of competition in an economy that still grapples with its Soviet past – state involvement, oligopolists and more – and has suffered from rounds of international sanctions. Artemiev sat down with Charles McConnell in mid-September on the sidelines of this year’s BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – competition conference in Moscow. Joined by his deputy Andrey Tsyganov, Artemiev touched on some of the agency’s successes and priorities.
06 November 2019
Peru’s competition bar will make its GCR 100 debut in 2020 – an addition to the publication that at least one Peruvian lawyer says was overdue. While GCR has surveyed the bar occasionally in the past, a significant uptick in enforcement and the pending implementation of a full-fledged merger control regime have added Peru to the ranks of jurisdictions that should be on international companies’ and lawyers’ radar.
24 October 2019
A key driver of the increase in enforcement activity by Portugal’s Competition Authority has been its president Margarida Matos Rosa, who began her role in November 2016. She sat down with GCR to discuss the agency’s work.
23 October 2019
While some contractual disputes ostensibly can be addressed by both Indian competition and consumer protection laws, Anisha Chand and Soham Banerjee identify the appropriate forum depending on the nature and scope of the dispute to ensure no overstepping of the legislative mandates.
11 October 2019
A new president at Portugal’s Competition Authority has triggered a dramatic rise in behavioural investigations, which along with merger work kept the country’s competition lawyers busy. Matt Richards considers the firms and individuals leading the way.
07 October 2019
Monopsony, a word previously used primarily by antitrust cognoscenti, has gone mainstream. Presidential hopefuls worry about the scourge of buyer power and draft legislation to address it more explicitly in the antitrust laws. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has held public hearings to discuss the topic, and both the FTC and the Department of Justice have brought challenges involving monopsony. Arnold & Porter partners Deborah Feinstein in Washington, DC, and John Schmidt in London explore the ongoing debate about monopsony and the issues that have arisen in recent cases.
07 October 2019
Critics say competition enforcers are struggling to keep up with the effects of growing market power. The first GCR Live DC workshop featured economists Hal Singer and Steven Salop presenting proposals to police vertical integration, to an audience of practitioners, enforcers, academics and advocates.
07 October 2019
The digital economy and a determination to bring down the hammer on collusion have made Australia’s competition authority an enforcer to fear. Charles McConnell talks to the lawyers who face off against – and sometimes act for – a top-flight agency.