• In its 2019 Spring Video Series, PaRR’s reporters sat down with some of the top ascending minds tackling the most importance competition policy challenges around the world. Amabelle Asuncion reflected on what she learned implementing the Philippine Competition Act in 2015 as well as the intuition gained after getting the Philippine Competition Commission off the ground the following year. 
    Martin Janda, Head of Staff and Special Advisor to the Director General at the Austrian competition authority, discusses the agency's investigation into Amazon's alleged abuse of dominance and its dual role as a platform and seller. Watch the full video here to learn more.
  • Margarida Matos Rosa, President of the Portuguese competition authority, discusses the latest developments related to the transposition of the European Competition Network Directive, and the benefits it could bring to Portugal. Matos Rosa also discusses her agency’s cooperation within a network of other Portuguese-speaking agencies, at a time of rapid change in antitrust enforcement in Africa. Watch the full video to learn more.
    Employment, participation in governance decisions, capital expenditure, tendency to spur economic activity and presence in Canada are all key factors in the net benefit test under the Investment Canada Act, according to Fasken partner Huy Do speaking to PaRR in the 2019 Spring Interview Series. “You may never know fully what the governments concerns were,” explained Fasken Counsel Andrew House. Click here for access to the full recording.
  • In PaRR’s Interview Series, Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore’s Chief Executive Han Li Toh provides a preview of some of the issues that were flagged by his agency’s consumer protection investigation into the online travel marketplace. Learn more about his take on how the seller should ensure consumers have notice of what they are agreeing to buy as well as other competitive issues. Click here for the full recording.
    Colombia’s Superintendency of Industry and Commerce’s umbrella includes antitrust, data and consumer protection, creating a trifurcated challenge when looking at digital platforms like Facebook, according to superintendent Andrés Barreto in PaRR’s 2019 Spring Video Series. Barreto also weighed in on several other topics related to competition law in under-developed countries. Listen in and learn more.
  • From the battlefields of Iraq to prosecuting the landmark LIBOR manipulation conspiracy, the US’s top criminal antitrust prosecutor, has spent his entire career to date fighting important battles on behalf of Americans. During PaRR’s 2019 Spring Video Series, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard Powers speaks to us about his role at the US Department of Justice.
    Commissioner Paula Azevedo of Brazil’s Administrative Counsel for Economic Defense (CADE), seized on PaRR’s 2019 Spring Video Series as an opportunity to advocate for the world’s eighth largest economy.
  • Michal Cohen, Chief Legal Counsel of Israel Competition Authority spoke defiantly when asked why the regulator joins the US DoJ as two of the only regimes that will send participants to prison during PaRR’s 2019 Spring Video Series. Listen to the full interview to learn more about her views. 
    WASHINGTON – Competition law enforcement across Central and South America is on the rise, with Brazil, Mexico, and Chile taking the lead, especially in pre-merger review, according to an expert. “Chile is very sophisticated,” Carolina Pardo, an antitrust attorney at Baker McKenzie in Bogotá, Colombia, says in this interview recorded at the 2018 annual ABA Spring Antitrust Meeting. “Keep an eye on Chile.” Pardo also reviews the importance of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Competition Network’s respective influence across Latin America.
  • In the U.S. News & World Report article, “Don’t Worry About the AT&T-Time Warner Appeal,” Joseph Tipograph, Washington DC Bureau Chief of PaRR, provides insightful commentary on the Department of Justice (DoJ)’s appeal of the merger and why it will be a losing case for the DoJ.


    Take a look at the full article - https://money.usnews.com/investing/stock-market-news/articles/2018-07-13/at-t-inc-t-time-warner



    WASHINGTON – Building a competition bureau from the ground up requires many things, but enough capital to engage in lengthy litigation is essential, according to Hong Kong’s top competition official. Without it, “the relatively new agency’s needs possibly would be jeopardized,” Anna Wu, chairperson of Hong Kong’s Competition Commission, says in this interview, recorded at the 2018 ABA annual Antitrust Law Spring Meeting. “Business has deep pockets. They can fund litigation for many years,” Wu says.
  • WASHINGTON – The Mexican economy is concentrated in some markets, but not necessarily because of anticompetitive behavior, according to the top competition enforcer there. It might be due to either too much or too little regulation, says Alejandra Palacios Prieto, Chairwoman of COFECE, Mexico’s competition law enforcement agency, in this interview recorded at the 2018 annual ABA Spring Antitrust Meeting. Responding to such imbalances requires varying amounts of advocacy and enforcement action, Prieto says.
    WASHINGTON – In the face of Brexit, competition law in the UK is undergoing massive change. “We are looking to scale up the size of our organization,” says Simon Constantine, policy director for the UK Competition and Markets Authority. In this interview recorded at the 2018 annual ABA’s Spring Antitrust Meeting, Constantine also explains how the UK is establishing channels to conduct parallel investigations with other jurisdictions, including through evidence and data sharing.
  • WASHINGTON – A novel history, featuring mostly government owned and operated industries, as well as the inflection of international politics has created a monopoly problem in Israel, requiring the country’s antitrust authority to focus on unusual aspects of competition law, such as price gauging, according to a private practice antitrust attorney. “In Israel, it’s ‘You are charging too much. You are being greedy and we want you to be less greedy,” says Mattan Meridor, head of antitrust at Tel Aviv-based Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co., in this interview recorded at the 2018 annual ABA spring antitrust meeting.
    WASHINGTON – Access to a national database of public procurement data in Portugal is helping antitrust officials increase their enforcement efforts, according to Margarida Matos Rosa, president of the Portuguese Competition Authority. With a decade of historical quantitative and qualitative data to draw from, Portuguese officials are able to track anticompetitive trends, Rosa says in this interview recorded at the 2018 annual AMA Spring Antitrust Meeting.
  • WASHINGTON – Japanese antitrust enforcers are finding ways to apply existing competition law to several unique challenges presented by the emerging digital economy, according to a top enforcement official. First among Japanese Fair Trade Commissioner Reiko Aoki’s priorities is protecting freelancers—also known as the “gig” labor force. “Freelancers are not really ‘firms’, so they’re in a very weak position,” Aoki says in this interview, recorded at the 2018 ABA’s annual Spring Antitrust Meeting. Aoki believes, however, that “current anti-monopoly law is sufficient to protect workers from exploitation by digital firms.”
    WASHINGTON – The U.S.’s apparent suspicion about the potential anticompetitive nature of vertical mergers is raising eyebrows in Europe, according to Jacques Steenbergen, president of Belgium’s Competition Authority. “We always have the impression that the Europeans are more concerned about verticals,” he says in this interview recorded at the 2018 annual ABA Spring Antitrust Meeting.
  • WASHINGTON – Despite its ongoing economic crisis, Brazil has continued to invest in antitrust enforcement, according to one of its top competition officials. New technologies, a 25% increase in staff, and other resources are helping what Alexandre Barreto, president of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), says is leading to an uptick in the number of cases CADE is handling. This interview was recorded at the 2018 ABA annual Spring Antitrust Meeting.
    WASHINGTON – Since a competition ordinance in Hong Kong went into effect at the end of 2015, much has been accomplished, says the Competition Commission’s CEO Brent Snyder. In this interview recorded at the 2018 ABA Spring Antitrust Meeting, this former senior antitrust official at the US Department of Justice shares his thoughts on what makes a competition agency successful.