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Global enforcers caution against premature blockchain regulation

Enforcers in the Netherlands and the US have cautioned against proposing blockchain regulation based on theoretical harms, as the digital economy continues to capture the attention of global antitrust authorities.

03 February 2022

Vestager unwilling to consider out-of-market sustainability benefits

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said she is “not ready” to adopt the view that wider sustainability-related benefits to a broad range of consumers can excuse harm to those within the specific market where anticompetitive conduct takes place.

03 February 2022

CMA official: digital markets don’t compel rethink on behavioural remedies

Complex digital markets don’t justify a softening of the broad consensus that strongly favours structural remedies in merger control, despite the European Commission accepting high-profile behavioural remedies in the Facebook/Kustomer and Google/Fitbit deals, a senior official at the UK’s competition watchdog has said.

28 January 2022

GCR to host second sustainability conference

The head of Germany’s antitrust authority will speak at GCR Connect: Sustainability and Cooperation next month, where he will be joined by senior executives from enforcers in the UK and the EU.

20 January 2022

Climate change is a national security issue for foreign investment reviews, US official says

The global race to meet climate change targets will collide with foreign investment screening regimes as companies and governments rush to access and protect necessary emerging technologies, a US government official has warned.

08 December 2021

Government official looks to quell concerns around new UK foreign investment rules

The director of national security at the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has sought to calm concerns surrounding the country’s new investment screening regime that comes into effect in January.

08 December 2021

Sims praises Korean law that forces Apple and Google to open up app stores

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims has praised Korea for passing amendments to its telecommunications law that prohibits Google and Apple from barring third-party payment providers in their application marketplaces.

02 December 2021

Global enforcers to convene at GCR Live: Law Leaders Global in Miami

Enforcers from the EU, UK and the US will convene at GCR Live: Law Leaders Global as it makes its in-person return to Miami in the new year.

30 November 2021

Cracking down on Big Tech acquisitions won’t stifle innovation, ACCC official says

Blocking the acquisitions of startups by big technology companies will not stifle innovation as they can still be purchased by other businesses, a top official at Australia’s antitrust watchdog has said.

23 November 2021

Kovacic: focus on procurement in post-pandemic recovery

A former head of the US Federal Trade Commission has said the “greatest public service” that competition agencies can do in the post-pandemic era is to ensure strong competition in public procurement.

18 November 2021

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