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Summer 2019's top antitrust & competition stories


Global antitrust enforcers have shown little sign of taking the summer off, and competition law enforcement remains a high priority in many countries. Here’s a look at four important trends that businesses should not ignore: the recent flurry of investigations and market studies into digital markets and possibilities for reform; the value of an effective competition compliance programme and how best to go about developing one; the continued determination of competition authorities to intervene in mergers and top tips for getting your deal over the line without surprises; and the reinvigorated debate about the interplay between competition and industrial policy.

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A summer of big-tech trouble

big tech trouble

“Competition authorities are determined to get to grips with how digital markets work, especially in relation to digital platforms and the role of big data. Translating this better understanding into a more coherent and effective framework for intervention will be the real challenge going forward.”
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Why comply: The value of an effective compliance programme

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“Given that this year the U.S. government has released guidance on its expectations for anticorruption, sanctions, False Claims Act, and antitrust compliance, it is an opportune time for companies to re-examine their programs to make sure they measure up.”
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Respect for merger review process at the top of enforcers’ agenda: top tips for survival

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“Enforcement of global deals has become more connected, with agencies often coordinating in relation to evidence and outcomes. Against this background, the best strategy is to be open and consistent. Telling a different story to different agencies may lead to delays and make the parties lose credibility.”
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Competition vs industry policy: where do we draw the line?

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“Faced with the challenges of a rapidly evolving digital economy and the populist trend towards protectionism, there is a now a clear division between what some stakeholders want from competition policy and what the current framework is able to deliver.”
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