Conference coverage

Wilson: Democratic dissents “provide a good roadmap” for future FTC expectations

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said the dissents written by both Democratic commissioners during the past two or three years “provide a very good roadmap” of how the agency might function under a Democratic chair.

20 November 2020

Facebook official criticises Democratic legislative proposals

Proposed legislation intended to address perceived competition issues by lowering burdens of proof is unlikely to be positive for antitrust, Facebook’s director and associate general counsel for competition has said.

19 November 2020

Slaughter: FTC uses "far too many" resources on clearly illegal mergers

Federal Trade Commission member Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has said the agency spends “far too many of our enforcement dollars on mergers that are clearly illegal”, demonstrating that enforcement is failing to deter competitive harm.

18 November 2020

FTC has “most productive merger enforcement year” amid calls for more funding

The Federal Trade Commission’s competition bureau has enjoyed “its most productive merger enforcement year” since the agency raised its transaction notification thresholds 20 years ago, an agency official has said.

18 November 2020

Simons: Scale of potential harm should not be overlooked in merger review

Antitrust enforcers should consider not only the probability that a merger will harm consumers but also the magnitude of that potential injury, Federal Trade Commission chair Joseph Simons has said.

13 November 2020

CMA will open parallel probes to prevent post-Brexit “enforcement gap”

A senior official at the UK’s antitrust agency has said he hopes the enforcer will sign a cooperation agreement with the European Commission by the end of this year, but warned that companies could face parallel investigations in the future.

12 November 2020

CMA economist calls for updated merger rules in digital markets

Merger control rules need amending if competition enforcers are to stop large online platforms from further entrenching their market power through acquisitions, the chief economic advisor at the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has said.

12 November 2020

WATCH: GCR Awards 2020

A full recording of the first virtual GCR Awards ceremony on 10 November is now available to rewatch.

11 November 2020

CMA looks to international enforcers for post-Brexit inspiration

The chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said his agency will look to its counterparts in Japan, Canada, Australia and Brazil as “benchmarks” for what kind of enforcer it wants to be as it prepares to take on more global cases post-Brexit.

10 November 2020

German competition law amendments extremely close to finish line, Mundt says

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said he expects his agency will be ready to enforce new domestic rules against digital platforms in the first few months of 2021, but warned it still faces challenges in bringing cases.

05 November 2020

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