GCR Live

Long-term remedies can indicate inadequate enforcement, CMA head says

Long-term remedies can indicate inadequate enforcement, CMA head says

24 October 2018

Behavioural remedies that continue long after the approval of a vertical merger are evidence that the deal “probably shouldn’t have been allowed in the first place,” the head of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

France to publish merger regime recommendations in “next few weeks”

France to publish merger regime recommendations in “next few weeks”

23 October 2018

The head of France’s antitrust enforcer has reiterated concerns about the use of deal value merger notification thresholds, but stopped short of confirming her agency’s support for an ex post assessment model instead.

State aid official: we need right toolkit to define selectivity principle

State aid official: we need right toolkit to define selectivity principle

12 October 2018

The European Court of Justice’s recent Heitkamp Bauholding ruling shows the importance the courts attach to the selectivity principle in state aid – but the European Commission lacks “the right toolkit” to define the correct reference system in such cases, a commission official has said.

EU has made private enforcement in state aid less attractive, says lawyer

EU has made private enforcement in state aid less attractive, says lawyer

11 October 2018

The European Commission and EU courts have made state aid private enforcement “less appealing and less attractive” by ignoring national court judgments, a state aid lawyer has said.

Presumption of parental influence a concern, barrister says

Presumption of parental influence a concern, barrister says

04 October 2018

A ruling to allow two UK subsidiaries to be used as anchor defendants in follow-on litigation – on the presumption that they did not act independently of their parent companies – could increase the risk of irreconcilable judgments, a competition barrister has cautioned.

Mr Justice Marcus Smith calls for disclosure hearings for experts

Mr Justice Marcus Smith calls for disclosure hearings for experts

04 October 2018

Specific disclosure hearings requiring experts to explain their selection of evidence and methodological process should become a procedural part of competition claims, Mr Justice Marcus Smith has said.

UK barrister: claimants should be optimistic after iiyama judgment

UK barrister: claimants should be optimistic after iiyama judgment

04 October 2018

A competition barrister has said the Intel and iiyama judgments should leave claimants and lawyers “cautiously optimistic” on territorial limits in damages claims.

We must raise awareness of damages actions, state aid official says

We must raise awareness of damages actions, state aid official says

20 September 2018

A European Commission official has admitted the incentives for damages actions in state aid are “a bit of an issue” and encouraging such actions remains a challenge for the commission.

One week left for GCR Live Competition Litigation early birds

14 September 2018

Early bird tickets for the GCR Live 10th Annual Competition Litigation conference, taking place on Thursday 4 October, are available until 21 September.

DG Comp head of unit to kick off GCR Live State Aid

10 September 2018

The European Commission’s head of state aid policy, Koen Van de Casteele, will deliver the keynote speech at GCR Live’s third annual State Aid conference, which takes place in Brussels next week.