Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

Bilal Sayyed: the GCR exit interview

Under Bilal Sayyed’s watch, the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning conducted a series of hearings evaluating the state of US antitrust enforcement, initiated a study of unreported transactions by major technology platforms and published the first update to the vertical merger guidelines in more than a quarter-century. Now a senior adjunct fellow with TechFreedom, the former director of the FTC’s policy shop reflected on his time at the agency in a conversation with GCR USA.

25 February 2021

South Africa set to launch online platforms market study

South Africa’s antitrust authority has announced plans to conduct a market study into online platforms, based on its concerns that certain practices may “impede, distort or restrict” competition.

23 February 2021

Indonesian enforcer increases focus on digital economy

Indonesia’s competition watchdog has said it must update its tactics for detecting anticompetitive conduct in the digital economy, while closely monitoring deals that intend to increase the parties' dominance in e-commerce markets.

18 February 2021

New report calls for overhaul of UK competition regime

John Penrose, a member of parliament in the UK, has delivered a series of wide-ranging recommendations to the government for improving competition.

16 February 2021

ABA calls for more guidance from enforcers amid heightened uncertainty

The antitrust law section of the American Bar Association is urging the Biden administration to provide clarity on several subject matters as the nation grapples with the state of competition.

09 February 2021

Epic slams Apple in submission to ACCC

Epic Games has told Australia’s competition watchdog that Apple’s “unrestrained market power” allows the iPhone-maker to impose limitations on app developers to the detriment of competition.

05 February 2021

Klobuchar introduces comprehensive antitrust legislation

Senator Amy Klobuchar has introduced sweeping legislation that would make it easier for plaintiffs to challenge mergers and anticompetitive conduct, overhaul the budgets of the US antitrust agencies and empower them to issue civil fines.

04 February 2021

Google could be self-preferencing, Australian report warns

Australia's antitrust watchdog has published a preliminary report on the state of competition in the ad tech market, concluding that industry leader Google could be unlawfully self-preferencing its own services.

28 January 2021

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