Interviews and Analysis

When robots collude

Today, cartelists are less likely to meet in a smoke-filled room than in a chat room. Is the next step for them to avoid meeting at all? Charley Connor explores how artificial intelligence could enable companies to avoid both antitrust liability and competition.

27 September 2019

Face the nation

From 2013 to 2017, three of the divestitures that the US Federal Trade Commission ordered as remedies for otherwise anticompetitive mergers in consumer-facing markets failed in various ways. Pallavi Guniganti explores how other competition authorities have used consumer surveys to inform merger analysis in these markets.

20 September 2019

Firewalls: separation short of a breakup

“Break up Big Tech” has become a rallying cry on both ends of the political spectrum, as people around the world worry about dominant technology companies’ ability to buy up potential rivals and extend their reach into other areas of business. Pallavi Guniganti considers whether firewalls – separating business units operationally while keeping them under the same corporate umbrella – could address some of these competition concerns.

12 July 2019

Transatlantic convergence in merger control? – Time for EU procedural and institutional reform

White & Case partner Tilman Kuhn argues that with the ever-increasing duration of the merger review process and continued lack of timely and effective judicial redress, the need for procedural and even institutional reforms has become more pressing than ever.

18 June 2019

The UK's competition bar

As Brexit looms and UK competition lawyers guess at what the future holds, Tom Madge-Wyld looks at how London’s best antitrust practices fared in 2018.

03 June 2019

Going global

Changes in law and legal norms are driving the spread of antitrust litigation around the world. GCR’s eighth annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum in Miami dug into the damages debate.

03 June 2019

Cementing a legacy

Having been appointed to an unprecedented third term, Rod Sims is ready to cement his legacy as the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. By all accounts, he has achieved a great deal since taking the reins in 2011, but he is not about to slow down. Charles McConnell spoke with Sims about the path ahead.

03 June 2019

Getting on board - Siemens/Alstom

In February, the European Commission blocked Siemens/Alstom, setting off debate across the continent about whether the competition enforcer was a drag on EU companies in a cutthroat global marketplace. Janith Aranze reached out to five practitioners for their take on the decision, its reasoning and its impact on the future of EU merger regulation.

03 June 2019

Learning to fly

Equipped with a new competition law as of December 2015, Hong Kong has embarked on an ambitious journey to bring strong enforcement to one of the world’s richest, but smallest, territories. Charles McConnell watches the fledgling enforcer’s first forays into antitrust.

03 June 2019

China takes down the walls

China’s three competition authorities announced in March 2018 that they would combine enforcement under one roof. Kaela Cote-Stemmermann and Charles McConnell look at how this merger has played out in its first year.

03 June 2019

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