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New partner at Freshfields

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Meanwhile, Freshfields has brought the total number of partners in its Amsterdam office up to 14 with the appointment of Onno Brouwer.

Continued uncertainty in Brazil over future president of the competition authority

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There is intense speculation in Brazil about who will succeed Gesner Oliveira as president of the country's principal antitrust authority, CADE.

New partner at Waselius & Wist

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Finnish firm Waselius & Wist has announced the appointment of Inga Pöntynen, an EU competition law specialist, as partner.

James Venit to move to Skaddens on Monday

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James Venit, widely considered among the five top antitrust partners in Europe, is joining Skadden Arps Meagher Slate & Flom's team of 54 competition lawyers. His move, quietly decided this week, leaves rival US firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and its team of 36 competition lawyers, bereft of their senior partner in Brussels.

Belgium: Electricity liberalisation to accelerate

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As predicted in a previous report (see GCR February/March 2000 page 29), it is now clear that the liberalisation of the Belgian Electricity market has not yet become effective and that the deadline of February 19 2000 was not met. However, the deal put together by the government seems to provide evidence of a strong political will to speed up the process. This agreement has reinforced the electricity regulator’s power, as it is probably felt by the authorities that a strong regulator will enhance the prospects for a sucessful liberalisation process. However, the agreement creates some uncertainties, as it seems that implementation may require the amendment of the only recently adopted Belgian Electricity Law.

New partners at Waselius & Wist

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Finnish firm Waselius & Wist has announced the appointment of Inga Pöntynen, an EU competition law specialist, as partner.

5Carbon fibre raids in Japan

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The United States Department of Justice has launched an investigation into an alleged cartel operating between producers of carbon fibres.

Antitrust past, present and future

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A central event at this Spring’s ABA Antitrust Section meeting in Washington, DC, was the Chair’s Showcase, ‘Antitrust at the Millennium: Looking Back and Moving Forward.’ James Kanter listened as a panel of speakers celebrated a century of US antitrust enforcement, and discussed the spread of market economies and competition law across the globe

Australia: Access to Telstra's network for the supply of pay-TV services

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Two recent proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia arose out of a request by Seven Cable Television Pty Ltd to gain access to the broadcast carriage services of Telstra Multimedia Pty Ltd to enable it to provide pay television coverage of the Year 2000 Olympic Games, and to provide additional television services on an ongoing basis. The effect of these decisions is that, subject to available capacity, Telstra must provide access to its hybrid fibre-coaxial network to access seekers for the supply of pay-TV services.

An interview with F Enrique Gonzalez-Díaz

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The European Commission’s Merger Control Regulation is nearly a decade old, and it is up for review in July 2000. The Head of Unit at the Merger Task Force (MTF), F Enrique González-Díaz, spoke to James Kanter about some of the key issues around which reform of the Regulation is likely to focus