Interviews and Analysis

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

With a new Nordic Cooperation Agreement slowly ushering in renewed collaboration among Scandinavian antitrust enforcers, GCR spoke to the head of Norway’s Competition Authority about tough choices, challenges and how the enforcer is tackling its leniency problem.

11 January 2019

The copyright killer

Antitrust agencies see copyright protection as a key driver of a competitive, innovative economy. But musicians, record labels and other copyright holders say that Google degrades their intellectual property rights through a combination of market power, regulatory capture and political sway. Should antitrust enforcers step in? Ron Knox reports

11 January 2019

The antitrust damages directive: four years on

Today marks four years since the EU antitrust damages directive was signed into law. After years of discussion, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union intended Directive 2014/104 to make it easier for businesses and consumers to claim compensation for overcharges caused by infringements of competition law.

26 November 2018

The Brussels competition bar

The eyes of the antitrust world remain locked on Brussels, where the European Commission in recent years has attracted global attention for its headline-grabbing enforcement. Tom Madge-Wyld and Tom Webb rank the city’s best firms, evaluating which are doing the most challenging work above and below the radar.

23 October 2018

The demons of Fleet Street

Technology companies have fundamentally altered the news industry – at least, that is the argument made to competition enforcers by news media companies that want to merge. Janith Aranze explores the analytical framework around such deals, and what the future holds for an industry trying to adapt to the digital landscape.

22 October 2018

Internet saved the TV star

In June, the US Department of Justice lost its lawsuit to block the merger between AT&T and Time Warner. Charles McConnell and Pallavi Guniganti explore how the changing landscape of content creation and distribution enabled the third-biggest telecommunications company in the world to buy what was once the largest media company.

22 October 2018

Vertical Mergers: Paradigm shift or evolution?

A month before a US court ruled to allow AT&T to acquire Time Warner, GCR held its seventh annual Telecoms, Media and Technology conference in London. Allen & Overy partner Antonio Bavasso moderated a panel on vertical mergers in the TMT sectors; the speakers were Cristina Caffarra at Charles River Associates, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Daniel Culley, Sky’s chief strategy and commercial officer, Mai Fyfield, and University of Zurich professor of economics Gregory Crawford.

22 October 2018

Digesting the Android decision

In July, the European Commission finally issued its second long-anticipated decision against Google. This time, the EU competition enforcer found that the company had abused its dominance in several markets by imposing restrictions on its Android mobile device operating system. Tom Madge-Wyld gauged the opinions of several lawyers on these findings and their consequences, the theories of harm, the remedy, and the wider implications the case may have for enforcement in the technology sector.

22 October 2018

A view from Brussels

Margrethe Vestager began her five-year term as European commissioner for competition in November 2014. With 18 months remaining, she spoke with Tom Madge-Wyld in May about falling leniency rates, hotel booking-style cross-border investigations, the need for interim measures and the purpose of her global public relations push.

22 October 2018

California’s antitrust bar

As the world’s fifth-largest economy, the state of California and its local enforcement agencies feed a sizeable antitrust bar. Pallavi Guniganti looks at the best of the West Coast.

22 October 2018

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