• 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 – 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.
  • 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 – 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.
  • WASHINGTON – The past three-plus decades of antitrust enforcement have been too lax in the U.S., according to Diana L. Moss, PhD, president of the American Antitrust Institute. Hear how she views what should be done to “rebalance the scales,” in this video recorded at the 2018 ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting.
    WASHINGTON – The world’s oldest competition law is on the books in Canada, preceding the US Sherman Act by one year. In this video interview, the head of Canada’s Competition Bureau John Pecman says his agency’s emphasis on corporate compliance and advocacy is growing. Pecman said the agency’s focus on consumer protection has won the hearts of Canadians and made “antitrust cool again,” citing enforcement efforts that led to a $25 rebate on bread purchases from a national grocery chain.
  • WASHINGTON – Pragmatism, standardized methods and transparency are three key priorities for the International Competition Network (ICN). “We’re very practically focused,” says Randy Tritell, who directs the Federal Trade Commission’s office of International Affairs, and who is an active participant in the work of the ICN. “We’re not a think-tank,” he says of the global consortium of jurisdictions dedicated to fair competition policy in this interview recorded at the ABA’s annual Spring Antitrust Meeting.
    WASHINGTON – The current consolidation of China’s three antitrust agencies should result in more effective enforcement, according to attorney Zhan Hao, a managing partner with the AnJie Law Firm in Beijing. “I think after the consolidation, [the combined agencies] can concentrate their power into a focused area,” says Zhan in this interview recorded at the ABA’s 2018 annual Spring Antitrust Meeting.
  • WASHINGTON – Data indicating simultaneous increases in concentration and in margins over the past two decades have led to a global debate over how to define “too big.” The European Commission’s chief economist, Tomasso Valletti, thinks that even though the literature is still nascent, there is enough micro- and macro- level information to consider the impact these trends are having on jurisdictions internationally, as he details in this interview recorded at the 2018 ABA 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.
  • 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.