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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

Lack of due process puts FTC at risk, warns former official

Debbie Feinstein, the former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition, has said she “fears for the future” of the agency if the Senate starts to focus on its trend of restricting due process during merger investigations.

07 April 2022

Ukraine crisis and inflationary pressure will demand “rethink” among enforcers, Mundt says

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a “game-changer” for competition authorities that will put pressure on enforcers to rethink how they respond to rising prices, Andreas Mundt, president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

06 April 2022

EU confirms first home raid in recent memory

A senior official at the European Commission has confirmed the agency raided the home of a company employee implicated in a cartel investigation “for the first time in many years”, while warning that it intends to use such powers more often.

06 April 2022

EU is reviewing leniency policy amidst drop in first-in applications, enforcer says

The European Commission is “throwing around” the idea of giving first-in leniency applicants immunity from follow-on damages claims – but this poses moral, legal and practical issues, the deputy head of the enforcer’s cartel unit has said.

05 April 2022

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