Conference coverage

Slaughter: FTC will seek more than a breakup in Facebook case

Federal Trade Commission member Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has said the agency will likely want additional remedies in its case against Facebook beyond just the divestitures of Instagram and WhatsApp.

28 June 2021

Guersent and de Silva to feature at virtual GCR conference

Top enforcers including the director-general of the European Commission’s antitrust watchdog and the president of France’s Competition Authority will speak at GCR Connect: Law Leaders Europe next month.

24 June 2021

Slaughter: Don’t rule out privacy remedy in Facebook case

Federal Trade Commission member Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has suggested that a remedy that could address Facebook’s control over data could still be on the table in the agency’s monopolisation lawsuit against the company.

21 June 2021

Guersent and Marsden debate DMA procedures

The director-general of the EU’s competition authority has rejected suggestions from a co-author of the Furman Review to improve the “institutional structure” of the Digital Markets Act.

18 June 2021

Digital economy to remain a priority for China

A top official at China’s antitrust authority has said that strong competition policy is necessary to develop the digital economy for the benefit of consumers, suggesting that enforcement in the sector will remain a key priority for the agency.

17 June 2021

House Judiciary Committee to mark up antitrust bills next week

The House Judiciary Committee will discuss recently introduced antitrust bills next week, committee chair Jerrold Nadler has said as practitioners and antitrust experts voice concerns about the proposed legislation.

17 June 2021

Too early for further Article 22 guidance, European Commission official says

A European Commission official has said it is too early to release further guidance on how the agency will apply its new approach to reviewing deals referred from national competition authorities that fall below EU and national notification thresholds.

16 June 2021

DG Comp cannot rely on theory, EU official says

An official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has rejected the idea that the agency needs to take more risks in enforcing antitrust rules, arguing that such an approach would be “naive”.

15 June 2021

German antitrust adviser “sceptical” of Digital Markets Act

A European Commission official has defended the EU’s proposed gatekeeper regulation against a German antitrust adviser’s allegations that the new rules are merely an attempt to patch over gaps in competition law enforcement.

15 June 2021

Vestager: Coronavirus had no impact on merger control

The covid-19 pandemic did not change the European Commission’s merger enforcement – despite several companies abandoning their planned tie-ups during Phase II probes, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

15 June 2021

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