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Linklaters expands French competition practice

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Linklaters has transferred Anne Wachsmann, a specialist in French and EU competition law, to Paris. The firm says the French competition group has taken on more work following the recent reform of France's competition rules.

NZ regulator in major revamp

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New Zealand's competition watchdog, the Competition Commission, is looking to recruit eight new management-level staff to keep up with its expanding caseload. The Business Competition branch, formerly known as the Commerce Act Division, is adding an further layer of management under branch director Geoff Thorn.

New survey reveals five key trends

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Global Competition Review has today published its yearly round-up of events affecting the competition community.

FTC seeks cure for Phase Two's failings

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From our Washington correspondent John Gledhill writes

Bredin Prat makes first ever lateral hire in competition

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Bredin Prat has reinforced its competition law department by recruiting EU and French competition specialist Hugues Calvet for its Paris office. This is the first time Bredin Prat has ever brought a partner in from another firm.

Jersey launches Competition Authority

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The Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA) came into being on May 1 2001, although key personnel are only now being appointed. The Authority will provide an independent regulatory body to promote greater competition on the island.

Loyens to expand its competition practice in Brussels

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Koen Platteau, competition specialist at Linklaters & Alliance in Brussels, is to join Benelux law firm Loyens & Loeff. He will start work at the firm’s Brussels office on October 15.

EU and US celebrate 10 years of cooperation

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It was birthday time in Washington this week as American and European antitrust agencies celebrated 10 years of the EU-US cooperation treaty. To mark the occasion, senior antitrust officials from both the US and EU met for a day of festivities and talks.

Chris Bright leaves Clifford Chance

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Shearman & Sterling have recruited Chris Bright, one of Europe’s top competition lawyer, adding real weight to the firm’s European expansion plans.

Balto joins White & Case

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Another firm has also announced the recruitment of a regulator. David Balto is on his way to White & Case. Balto has been policy director at the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission and also advisor to FTC chairman, Robert Pitofsky.