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Focus on competition for the market, says DG Comp deputy economist

Focus on competition for the market, says DG Comp deputy economist

08 February 2019

The rise of “superstar” companies means the focus of antitrust enforcers has shifted from “competition in the market to competition for the market” – and thus potential competition, Hans Zenger has said.

DG Comp pharma director keynotes GCR Live

07 February 2019

Early-bird tickets are available for one more week to hear Paul Csiszár – director of basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition – speak in Washington, DC, on 28 February.

Ex-OFT economist warns of retrospective misuse

Ex-OFT economist warns of retrospective misuse

06 February 2019

The former director of economics at the UK’s competition enforcer emphasised the importance of analysing the buyer’s rationale for a deal when evaluating a merger, but questioned how much insight could be extracted from a retrospective review.

Competitors needed for competition, DG Comp deputy says

Competitors needed for competition, DG Comp deputy says

04 February 2019

An ethos that dominant players need to leave space for rivals because competitors are necessary to provide competition, low prices and choice may explain some differences between EU and US enforcement, Cecilio Madero Villarejo has said.

Canadian chief economist urges simple analyses

Canadian chief economist urges simple analyses

04 February 2019

The chief economist for Canada’s Competition Bureau has a clear message for companies facing merger review: keep it simple.

Wilson sees little need for vertical merger guidelines

Wilson sees little need for vertical merger guidelines

01 February 2019

If the US Federal Trade Commission does heed calls to issue guidance on its review of vertical mergers, it should do so only to identify and codify existing agency practices, FTC commissioner Christine Wilson has said.

Big data is not a typical essential facility, Ezrachi says

Big data is not a typical essential facility, Ezrachi says

17 January 2019

EU data protection rules must be taken into account when considering whether to treat big data as an essential facility, University of Oxford professor Ariel Ezrachi has said.

Car Wash fines were too lenient, CADE commissioner says

Car Wash fines were too lenient, CADE commissioner says

29 November 2018

A commissioner at Brazil’s competition authority has criticised the €206.7 million fines that her own agency levied on four members of a construction cartel earlier this month, for being too small and for failing to disincentivise illegal collusion.

New Argentine authority expected next summer

New Argentine authority expected next summer

29 November 2018

A commissioner at Argentina's existing competition watchdog has said that plans to establish a new antitrust authority are behind schedule, but he remains optimistic that it will be in place by next summer.

GCR Live in Brazil early bird tickets ends Friday

13 November 2018

The chance to snag discounted early bird tickets for this year’s GCR Latin Lawyer Live Competition Summit in Brazil will end on Friday.