At the 2017 GCR Live New York conference in September, practitioners discussed merger reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which determines if such investments are compatible with the US national interest, and by China’s Ministry of Commerce, which includes public interest in its analysis. During a panel on public interest considerations in merger review, Shawn Cooley, the former Director of Foreign Investment Risk Management at the US Department of Homeland Security; Calvin Goldman QC, the former head of Canada’s Competition Bureau; Ilene Knable Gotts, a top mergers adviser; and Susan Ning, who consulted on the creation of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, talked about how to handle cross-border deals.
The tenure of Canada’s acclaimed Commissioner of Competition John Pecman is set to expire in June 2018. Sonya Lalli spoke to him in September about how the Competition Bureau has fared under his leadership, challenges that persist and what could lie ahead.
“Intensely competitive” are the words one acclaimed practitioner used to describe Canada’s competition bar. Sonya Lalli investigates
Italy has increased competition enforcement markedly since the chaos of the 2008 financial crisis. Gabriella Muscolo, a commissioner of Italy’s Competition Authority, spoke with Janith Aranze about the agency’s increased enforcement, its big data inquiry, the state of the art related to leniency programmes and procedural fairness
Italy remains a competition hotspot in Europe, with an intriguing blend of huge international firms going up against prestigious national practices, and new firms emerging to challenge the status quo. Janith Aranze reports on a flagship competition bar.
Igor Artemiev has headed Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service since its establishment in 2004, and is deservedly proud of its progress. He spoke with Charles McConnell about the competition authority’s work attacking monopolies and collusive actors as it stands guard over the liberalisation of the Russian economy – a role that Artemiev says can make him unpopular with other government officials as well as with certain businesses.
As Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has picked up its activity in recent years, the country’s excellent antitrust lawyers have followed right along. Charles McConnell weighs a solid mix of local law firms and major international law firms with Russian branches