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Data access orders will require input from companies, German enforcer says

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will work closely with businesses as and when it issues a decision ordering a company to grant access to its data under far-reaching new competition rules that came into force earlier this year, the head of its General Policy Division has said.

20 May 2021

Snoep: EU must adapt competition rules to meet new climate goals

The head of the Dutch competition authority has said the European Commission must adapt its exemption test for horizontal agreements between competitors that reduce environmental harm if the bloc wants to meet its ambitious climate goals.

28 April 2021

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Pharmaceuticals

GCR Interactive: Pharmaceuticals took place on 11 March. A full recording is now available to watch.

07 April 2021

Slaughter: Support for more nascent competition cases is bipartisan

There is broad bipartisan support for challenging more mergers that would eliminate potential rivals, acting Federal Trade Commission chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has said.

29 March 2021

FTC “dusting off” old tools as SCOTUS reviews disgorgement authority, Slaughter says

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has said the agency is already “dusting off tools that we haven’t used for a long time” – such as its ability to impose civil fines – in case the Supreme Court rules that the agency cannot seek monetary relief for consumers.

29 March 2021

Vestager: EU is “rethinking” deals involving nascent competitors

The European Commission is allowing national enforcers to refer deals to it that fall below their own notification thresholds in the hope that this will allow the agency to review more acquisitions of nascent competitors, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

26 March 2021

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Telecoms, Media and Technology

GCR Interactive: Telecoms, Media and Technology took place on 2 and 3 March. A full recording is now available to watch.

26 March 2021

FTC official: New vertical merger guidelines “a giant step forward” despite criticism

Despite diverging views on the antitrust agencies’ new vertical merger guidelines, they “are a giant step forward from the prior guidance” issued in 1984 and will remain in effect until they are rescinded or replaced, a Federal Trade Commission official has said.

26 March 2021

Key Republican opposes creation of digital markets regulator

Ken Buck, the ranking Republican on the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee, has said conservatives’ “biggest fear” as Congress considers reforming antitrust laws is that a “mega-agency” will be created to oversee digital platforms.

26 March 2021

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Antitrust Law Leaders Forum

GCR Interactive: Antitrust Law Leaders Forum took place on 4 and 5 February. A full recording is now available to watch.

25 March 2021

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