Interviews and Analysis

A Q&A with Olha Pishchanska

Olha Pishchanska, head of Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee (AMCU), has faced unthinkable personal and professional challenges since Russia invaded the country a year ago. Ahead of that unwelcome anniversary, she spoke to GCR about the importance of competition law in rebuilding the national economy and adjusting to a new reality that has seen colleagues join the front line and others flee abroad.

20 February 2023

Dan Wall: the exit interview

Antitrust powerhouse Dan Wall retired from Latham & Watkins earlier this year, but he is not riding off into the sunset just yet. In an interview with GCR USA, Wall discussed his reservations about Biden-era antitrust policy and his journey from Ma Bell to politicians raising hell about his new employer, Live Nation.

17 February 2023

A Q&A with Liza Lovdahl Gormsen

Liza Lovdahl Gormsen is the proposed class representative in a blockbuster claim against Meta, which seeks £2.3 billion on behalf of 45 million UK consumers that allege they lost out because of its unlawful exploitation of their personal data. Following a recent certification hearing before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, she spoke to GCR about criticism of the claim and the future of data and sustainability-related class actions.

14 February 2023

A Q&A with Randy Tritell

As head of the Federal Trade Commission’s office of international affairs from its inception until his retirement last year, Randy Tritell played a key role in shaping antitrust enforcement around the globe. Tritell spoke to GCR USA about improving cooperation between international enforcers and how abandoning the consumer welfare standard in the US could ultimately lead to a greater disconnect.

09 February 2023

Tim Wu: the exit interview

Tim Wu stepped down as President Biden’s primary antitrust advisor earlier this month after two years in the role. The Columbia Law School professor spoke to GCR USA about the “plague” of non-competes, why technology-focused antitrust legislation failed to reach the finish line during his tenure and how the White House took on a bigger role in competition policy while maintaining the independence of the US antitrust agencies.

24 January 2023

A Q&A with Stefan Hunt

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority established a dedicated data analytics unit in 2018, tapping Stefan Hunt to build the team from scratch. Ahead of starting a new role at Keystone Strategy on Tuesday, Hunt spoke to GCR about the challenges of growing the CMA’s 50-strong data group, its role in some of the agency’s most important probes and how the sophisticated technology his team built is changing enforcement.

23 January 2023

A year of the UK’s NSIA

In effect since last January, the UK’s National Security and Investment Act has overhauled the country’s foreign investment control rules. Arnold & Porter partner John Schmidt and counsel Ludovica Pizzetti shed light on an opaque regime that has already caused five deals to be blocked and another nine to be remedied in its first year.

23 January 2023

Kathleen Foote: the exit interview

Kathleen Foote recently stepped down after two decades as California’s top antitrust enforcer. In a conversation with GCR USA, she discussed highlights of her 35-plus years of service for the Golden State – in which she helped cement the independence of state attorneys general and develop the Cartwright Act – and busted some misconceptions about state enforcement.

12 January 2023

How Big Tech could change the UK financial services sector

Big Tech is uniquely placed to introduce welcome competition to the financial services sector, disrupting incumbents and benefitting consumers across the financial ecosystem. Yet, linked to concerns about tipping effects in digital markets, regulators worry about the potential for these companies to rapidly scale up and potentially exploit market power. Linklaters partner Jonathan Ford and senior associate Simon Treacy explore the UK financial regulator’s initial thoughts on the convergence.

21 December 2022

A Q&A with Sarah Cardell

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority plans to publish draft sustainability cooperation guidance “early next year”, its interim head has said while discussing with GCR how the agency can better help in the cost of living crisis.

15 December 2022

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