GCR Live

Early bird tickets still available for GCR Live Antitrust in the Digital Economy

24 April 2019

US Federal Trade Commission director Bruce Hoffman and Google’s chief economist Hal Varian will give keynote speeches at GCR Live Antitrust in the Digital Economy in Palo Alto, California on 22 May.

US DOJ has shaken confidence in its own leniency programme, former official says

US DOJ has shaken confidence in its own leniency programme, former official says

27 March 2019

A dramatic shift in how the US Department of Justice publicly discusses leniency has caused applications from members of international cartels to drop markedly, a former head of anti-cartel enforcement at the agency has warned.

Forex defence: traders saw themselves against the market, not their customers

Forex defence: traders saw themselves against the market, not their customers

26 March 2019

The US Department of Justice and private plaintiffs said traders harmed the market by coordinating on foreign exchange transactions and benchmarks, but the traders – including the DOJ’s star witness – said they had sought to help their customers.

New ASEAN agencies expect to start enforcement soon

New ASEAN agencies expect to start enforcement soon

18 March 2019

Senior officials at competition authorities in Vietnam, Brunei and Myanmar have said their agencies are building capacity, issuing guidelines and preparing to bring cases.

Japan considers how to address digital economy

Japan considers how to address digital economy

15 March 2019

The digital economy is a priority for Japan’s Fair Trade Commission, a senior official said last week, as the agency considers how existing laws can address issues raised by online markets.

Thai enforcer shops for cases

Thai enforcer shops for cases

11 March 2019

Thailand’s newly-independent competition authority continues to staff up and is looking to enforce the law as well as educate businesses about antitrust rules, a senior official at the agency has said.

Malaysia seeks to have merger control by year’s end

Malaysia seeks to have merger control by year’s end

07 March 2019

Malaysia’s Competition Commission aims to implement a merger control regime by the end of this year, the authority’s chair has said.

Grab/Uber highlights need for pre-merger power, Singapore enforcer says

Grab/Uber highlights need for pre-merger power, Singapore enforcer says

07 March 2019

The way that Grab and Uber went about their merger demonstrates a need for greater enforcement power, a top official at Singapore’s competition watchdog has said.

Pre-merger notification and more awaited in Indonesia

Pre-merger notification and more awaited in Indonesia

07 March 2019

Indonesia’s competition enforcer hopes to gain jurisdiction over foreign companies, a leniency programme, pre-merger notifications and other changes before national elections in April, a senior official at the agency has said.

UK models antitrust alternatives

UK models antitrust alternatives

15 February 2019

As some US officials call for the development of competition policy by means other than antitrust enforcement, current and former members of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority have touted market investigations as such a tool.