Features

Year in Preview: South Africa awaits new competition act

31 January 2019

Much has been written about controversial new changes to South Africa’s competition law, but in 2019 the country will see how those unprecedented amendments begin to affect enforcement.

Year in Preview: UK to enter digital platform debate

Year in Preview: UK to enter digital platform debate

30 January 2019

In 2018, the UK government commissioned an expert panel to examine if powerful digital platforms pose a threat to consumers and competition. This year, the panel will try to provide an answer.

Year in preview: Chinese antitrust enforcement and the US trade war

Year in preview: Chinese antitrust enforcement and the US trade war

28 January 2019

By far one of the most dominant story lines in 2018 was the increased trade tension between the world’s two largest economies – the US and China.

Year in preview: the shadow of Brexit

Year in preview: the shadow of Brexit

24 January 2019

Regardless of whether the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, with or without a departure agreement, the prospect of Brexit will continue to have a significant effect on the UK’s competition regime.

Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

17 January 2019

At the end of 2018, the European Commission approved two mergers at Phase I that the companies had notified to the enforcer several months earlier – but had then withdrawn and re-filed. Observers say the tactic, a standard option in US merger practice, is becoming more common in the EU to avoid costly Phase II reviews.

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

11 January 2019

With a new Nordic Cooperation Agreement slowly ushering in renewed collaboration among Scandinavian antitrust enforcers, GCR spoke to the head of Norway’s Competition Authority about tough choices, challenges and how the enforcer is tackling its leniency problem.

The copyright killer

The copyright killer

11 January 2019

Antitrust agencies see copyright protection as a key driver of a competitive, innovative economy. But musicians, record labels and other copyright holders say that Google degrades their intellectual property rights through a combination of market power, regulatory capture and political sway. Should antitrust enforcers step in? Ron Knox reports

The antitrust damages directive: four years on

The antitrust damages directive: four years on

26 November 2018

Today marks four years since the EU antitrust damages directive was signed into law. After years of discussion, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union intended Directive 2014/104 to make it easier for businesses and consumers to claim compensation for overcharges caused by infringements of competition law.

The Brussels competition bar

23 October 2018

The eyes of the antitrust world remain locked on Brussels, where the European Commission in recent years has attracted global attention for its headline-grabbing enforcement. Tom Madge-Wyld and Tom Webb rank the city’s best firms, evaluating which are doing the most challenging work above and below the radar.

The demons of Fleet Street

The demons of Fleet Street

22 October 2018

Technology companies have fundamentally altered the news industry – at least, that is the argument made to competition enforcers by news media companies that want to merge. Janith Aranze explores the analytical framework around such deals, and what the future holds for an industry trying to adapt to the digital landscape.