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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

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

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

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

Fordham Conference: In search of a new culture

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A fin de siècle atmosphere pervaded the 24th Annual Fordham Corporate Law Institute conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, where leading competition figures gathered to look ahead to the 21st century and consider whether the world would ever accomodate a truly global harmonisation of competition law. Fenella Quinn reports.

An interview with William Kist

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Sebastian O’ Meara and Fenella Quinn ask the Director General of the new Dutch Competition Authority, the Nederlandse Mededingings Autoriteit what he has in store for corporate and outside counsel.

New Dutch Competition Act: Culture shock in the Netherlands

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Ten years ago the Netherlands was known as the ‘cartel paradise’ of Europe; indeed there are still a disproportionate number of Dutch cases before the European Commission. But over the last decade Dutch business has been faced with a complete change of culture, which has swung from the government-condoned collusion of the 1980s to the point where Parliament has approved an Act thought by many to be the ‘most important piece of legislation this century’, and established an independent authority with real teeth - and the apparent willingness to use them. Fenella Quinn investigates how the Dutch business and legal community is coping.

New regulatory boundaries for airline alliances

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Airline alliances are high on the competition agenda. Michael Reynolds, chairman of the IBA’s Antitrust and Trade Committee, and Richard J Fahy Jr, chairman of the Aeronautical Law Committee, convened a joint session at the 1997 IBA conference in New Delhi and invited representatives of airlines, the EU Commission and the US Department of Justice to debate the application of competition rules to the airline sector. Callum Campbell was there.

The triumph and failure of the US Merger Guidelines in litigation

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James Langenfeld of LECG Inc contrasts two important recent US court decisions relating to product market definition in mergers and considers the policy implications

Exchanging benchmarking in competitively sensitive areas

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Firms that swap internal data may be caught by antitrust regulations. Stephen M Axinn and Carter H Strickland Jr of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, New York, consider how to assess the risks