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Enforcers clash over expanding their mandates

The president of France’s Competition Authority has pushed back against assertions from his UK, US and German counterparts that the mandate of competition agencies should include other legal or social policies.

04 May 2022

Germany subjects Meta to heightened scrutiny under 19A

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has welcomed Meta’s decision not to appeal against its designation as a company with “paramount significance for competition across markets”.

04 May 2022

New ACCC chair strikes measured tone in first major speech

The new head of Australia’s competition watchdog has refused to explicitly call for changes to the country’s competition law until after the federal elections this month, as she reflected on priorities laid out by her predecessor.

04 May 2022

Delrahim: Judge Stark got Sabre/Farelogix “violently wrong”

The former head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said the judge got the decision in Sabre/Farelogix “violently wrong” while also expressing concern about the effects of the Supreme Court’s ruling in American Express.

13 April 2022

FTC considering changes to HSR form to deter illegal deals

Federal Trade Commission leadership has said they are considering asking merging parties more “probative” questions upfront in deal reviews as the agency seeks to deter more “illegal” transactions.

11 April 2022

Cost of living crisis likely a consumer protection issue, CMA official says

Consumer protection toolkits as opposed to abuse of dominance powers are best suited to combatting the global cost of living crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

08 April 2022

Vestager: mix-and-match remedies at heart of EU and UK divergence over Cargotec/Konecranes

The “dispute” between the UK and EU antitrust agencies over the now-abandoned Cargotec/Konecranes merger came down to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority having a “fierce stance” against mix-and-match remedies, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

08 April 2022

Slaughter: Guidelines should reflect how agencies examine transactions

Federal Trade Commission member Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has called for one combined set of horizontal and vertical merger guidelines, which clearly explain “how agencies think” and “how we apply” the antitrust laws.

08 April 2022

Chilean constitutional redraft will specify competition violations

Chile’s new constitution will explicitly prohibit cartels, abuse of dominance and harmful mergers, the head of the country’s antitrust agency has revealed.

07 April 2022

DOJ official says changes to leniency policy will not be an issue for applicants

Marvin Price, the Department of Justice’s director of criminal enforcement, has said the agency’s “prompt” reporting requirement in its updated leniency policy is unlikely to be a big issue after practitioners voiced concerns about the changes.

07 April 2022

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