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CMA may hold more witness interviews in merger probes

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is “increasingly considering” making use of its witness interview powers to gather evidence in merger investigations, the enforcer’s chief executive has said.

02 March 2020

Consider blocking more digital deals, says de Silva

The head of France’s Competition Authority has suggested that her agency should prohibit more mergers in the digital economy when it is unsure of the deal’s impact on competition.

28 February 2020

European Commission won’t lower thresholds, says Régibeau

The chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said he does not think the commission is considering changing merger thresholds.

27 February 2020

FTC official: Illumina/PacBio was a “future innovation story”

The US Federal Trade Commission’s deputy director of competition has shed light on her agency’s challenge to the now-abandoned Illumina/Pacific Biosciences deal.

27 February 2020

Valletti decries consumer welfare standard

The consumer welfare standard is a “very imperfect system” that could be supplanted by “almost anything else”, the former chief competition economist for the EU has said.

26 February 2020

Algorithms pose “serious” competition risk, Portuguese enforcer claims

The president of Portugal’s competition authority has warned of a “future of rampant tacit collusion” brought about by advanced algorithms.

26 February 2020

EU overenforces in digital markets as US underenforces, says Melamed

The European Commission lacks an adequate fact-finding process and suffers from “insufficient discipline” when enforcing in digital markets, a former acting head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

26 February 2020

DG Comp official: European champions “not the way” to tackle competition from China

Creating European champions “is not the way” to tackle competition from China, a head of unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition has said.

19 February 2020

UK tribunal approach “may need to change” if enforcer changes merger review

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal might have to change its approach if the competition enforcer’s merger review process changes, a tribunal chairman has said.

19 February 2020

CMA official backs structural merger remedies

The executive director for markets and mergers at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has defended the enforcer’s preference for structural remedies for deals, even as it has experimented with behavioural remedies in other areas.

14 February 2020

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