Interviews and Analysis

Maureen Ohlhausen: the GCR exit interview

Maureen Ohlhausen retired from the Federal Trade Commission in September 2018, having spent a total of 18 years at the agency in roles ranging from being an attorney in the general counsel’s office to leading the FTC as acting chairman. She sat down with GCR USA reporter Kaela Cote-Stemmermann in November to discuss her career in competition law and policy.

06 February 2019

New York bar survey

As one of the world’s largest, New York’s antitrust bar boasts some of the best deal lawyers and litigators. Charles McConnell looks at the best of the BigApple.

06 February 2019

Responding to Delrahim on IP

Since becoming the head of the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in 2017, Makan Delrahim has made clear that he will blaze a trail in many areas, particularly intellectual property. Ben Remaly asked antitrust experts how Delrahim’s views could shape industries such as technology and healthcare; the impact his stance will have on the development of this area of antitrust law; and how the private sector is reacting to this new direction in enforcement.

06 February 2019

Behind the Qualcomm fines

Qualcomm’s share of the myriad patented technologies that go into wireless devices – particularly mobile handsets – has put the company at the heart of the intersection between intellectual property and antitrust. Charles McConnell, Julie Jackson and Kaela Cote-Stemmermann focus on the US chipmaker’s legal woes in Asia.

06 February 2019

Year in preview: Antitrust in Africa’s growing economies

At the start of 2018, the World Bank forecasted Africa to have six out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. Yet competition policy is still in its infancy in many of these emerging economies – which means they may be bucking the standard advice of antitrust enforcement as a means of achieving faster economic growth.

05 February 2019

Year in Preview: South Africa awaits new competition act

Much has been written about controversial new changes to South Africa’s competition law, but in 2019 the country will see how those unprecedented amendments begin to affect enforcement.

31 January 2019

Year in Preview: UK to enter digital platform debate

In 2018, the UK government commissioned an expert panel to examine if powerful digital platforms pose a threat to consumers and competition. This year, the panel will try to provide an answer.

30 January 2019

Year in preview: Chinese antitrust enforcement and the US trade war

By far one of the most dominant story lines in 2018 was the increased trade tension between the world’s two largest economies – the US and China.

28 January 2019

Year in preview: the shadow of Brexit

Regardless of whether the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, with or without a departure agreement, the prospect of Brexit will continue to have a significant effect on the UK’s competition regime.

24 January 2019

Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

At the end of 2018, the European Commission approved two mergers at Phase I that the companies had notified to the enforcer several months earlier – but had then withdrawn and re-filed. Observers say the tactic, a standard option in US merger practice, is becoming more common in the EU to avoid costly Phase II reviews.

17 January 2019

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