Conference coverage

Sims leans on past experience to defend proposed Google regulation

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims has said the country’s past experience regulating a dominant telecommunications company shows that it is possible to do the same for Google in the advertising technology space.

27 October 2021

Vestager doubles down on EU cartel enforcement commitments

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has revealed that her agency is scrutinising a decline in leniency applications while also planning multiple dawn raids in the coming months.

22 October 2021

Boswell: “It’s time to make competition a priority”

Canada’s competition commissioner has called for an extensive review of the country’s competition act, with a particular focus on the liberal use of the efficiency defence in merger probes.

21 October 2021

Enforcer says pandemic fast-tracked agency improvements and efficiencies

Technological advances and adjustments rapidly forced upon antitrust agencies because of the coronavirus pandemic will boost competition enforcement long after populations and economies have recovered, the head of the Swedish Competition Authority has said.

18 October 2021

Enforcers back calls for joint approach to competition and data protection issues

A senior official at the UK’s competition watchdog has said enforcers should collaborate more closely with privacy regulators when tackling antitrust and data protection issues, while highlighting his agency’s efforts to bridge this gap in its probe into Google’s sandbox.

15 October 2021

Lawmakers are responsible for dictating sustainability agenda, Mundt says

Rather than requiring companies to cooperate on sustainability initiatives and then relying on competition agencies to address potential concerns, policymakers must set an appropriate legal framework to achieve national environmental goals, Germany’s competition chief has said.

14 October 2021

Wilson decries FTC’s shifting merger policy

US Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said she is “dismayed” by aspects of her agency’s changing stance to merger control, which could soon leave regulatory lawyers “obsolete”.

08 October 2021

EU official outlines alternatives to new Article 22 position

The European Commission considered adopting value-based thresholds or introducing a voluntary merger notification system instead of accepting below-threshold referrals, the agency’s deputy-director of mergers has disclosed.

07 October 2021

Don’t expect UK class action settlements soon, local lawyer says

A UK competition lawyer has warned it may take some time before the country’s class action regime approves its first settlement, as the procedure is a “very public process”.

04 October 2021

Last tickets remaining for GCR merger control conference in Brussels

Tickets are still available for GCR Live: Merger Control in Brussels on Thursday, which features enforcers past and present from the United States and Europe.

04 October 2021

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