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SEC wary of index fund concentration

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is planning competition-focused rulemaking to ensure that rising concentration in financial markets is not harming consumers, the agency’s head has revealed.

26 October 2022

Guersent: EU working to estimate the cost of non-competition

The European Commission is currently “running an extensive project” to quantify the cost to society of failed competition, the director general of its competition arm has revealed.

25 October 2022

Khan: Congress requires unfairness and discrimination enforcement

Antitrust enforcers should not feel empowered to ignore laws they disagree with, the head of the Federal Trade Commission has said.

24 October 2022

EU “ready to take risks” to defend merger decisions in court, official says

The EU is prepared to take risks by relying on new forms of evidence to defend novel merger decisions before the bloc’s courts, an official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has said.

19 October 2022

Merger control causing “tremendous unpredictability” for businesses, Illumina lawyer says

Increased antitrust enforcement alongside a lack of clarity in merger control has made deal-making and planning a “very real concern” for businesses, an in-house antitrust lawyer at Illumina has said.

19 October 2022

Recent precedent remains an obstacle for aggressive cases, ex-enforcers say

The US antitrust agencies are still constrained by courtroom realities as they pursue more aggressive enforcement, two competition experts have warned.

17 October 2022

Wright: Protecting “fairness” will harm consumers and agency record

The US antitrust agencies risk abandoning their duty to consumers by embracing “antitrust populism” focused on notions of fairness, several antitrust experts have said.

07 October 2022

Cut CMA some “slack” following market definition criticism, says CAT president

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has said the country’s antitrust authority should be cut some “slack” following criticism of errors in its market definition that led to the specialist court overturning its fine against a major price comparison site.

06 October 2022

Class actions brought on behalf of businesses face “rocky road”, barrister warns

A significant difference in how the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has treated class action claims brought on behalf of consumers and businesses means the latter likely face a “rocky road” in future, a leading competition barrister has said.

06 October 2022

Enforcers in developing countries monitoring EU efforts to regulate Big Tech

Competition officials in South Africa and India have said both agencies are keeping a close eye on the implementation of EU’s Digital Markets Act but it is too early to say if the countries could enact similar regulation.

23 September 2022

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