GCR Live

Internal documents might affect how rebates are viewed, lawyers warn

17 July 2018

Even after the European Court of Justice’s ruling in Intel indicated that loyalty rebates may not cause anticompetitive foreclosure, companies should still be aware of how their internal documents explaining the rationale for such discounts will be seen by enforcers and courts.

DG Comp advice on whistleblowers “doesn’t make sense”, says lawyer

DG Comp advice on whistleblowers “doesn’t make sense”, says lawyer

17 July 2018

A European lawyer and former litigator at the US Department of Justice has said that given how cartels operate, whistleblowers should not first have to go through an internal reporting system at their companies when reporting evidence of potential antitrust offences.

DG Comp official defends agencies’ gun-jumping cases

DG Comp official defends agencies’ gun-jumping cases

11 July 2018

European competition authorities need to enforce against companies’ premature integration and have not been too heavy handed in their approach to gun jumping, a European Commission official has said.

Gazprom decision not inconsistent with Google and Qualcomm fines, Csiszár says

Gazprom decision not inconsistent with Google and Qualcomm fines, Csiszár says

10 July 2018

The European Commission’s recent decision not to fine Gazprom for abuse of dominance was consistent with the agency’s punishment of Google or Qualcomm, a senior official at the EU competition watchdog has said.

“Hot docs” approach has come to EU, observers say

10 July 2018

The European Commission has become increasingly reliant on merging companies’ internal documents to substantiate competition concerns, lawyers and economists have said.

Whish expects DG Comp not to stagger hybrid settlements

Whish expects DG Comp not to stagger hybrid settlements

09 July 2018

In the wake of having a fine voided for breach of defence rights, the European Commission is unlikely “for the time being” to adopt staggered hybrid settlements, a leading expert has said.

Final chance to book early bird tickets for GCR Live Brussels

29 June 2018

Renowned antitrust scholar Richard Whish QC and Paul Csiszár, a director at DG Comp, will give keynote speeches at GCR Live’s 10th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture in less than two weeks’ time.

Vertical enforcement shifts not tied to politics, former US DOJ head says

Vertical enforcement shifts not tied to politics, former US DOJ head says

13 June 2018

Ebbs and flows in the US enforcement of vertical competition concerns somewhat correlate to the political party in charge of the executive branch, but they are not determined by politics, the former acting head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

DG Comp official: innovation analysis demands more caution than price

DG Comp official: innovation analysis demands more caution than price

11 June 2018

Enforcers must be careful when they analyse mergers for innovation concerns, because current market shares are not such a good predictor of what competition for research and development will look like, the case manager on the European Commission’s review of Dow/DuPont and Bayer/Monsanto has said.

Data investment could be deterred by enforcement

Data investment could be deterred by enforcement

07 June 2018

The second-highest official at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said that investment in data collection could be chilled by obligations to share the data, but a lawyer for Google complainants has scoffed at the concern.