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  • Flexible Thresholds for European Merger Control…and more?

    Sir Philip Lowe hosted the breakfast round-table that FTI Consulting organised in Brussels on 13 September 2016 with the theme “Flexible Thresholds for European Merger Control…and more?”. We were privileged to be joined for the discussion by Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director-General for Mergers at the European Commission who provided us with his insights. A…

  • Multilateral deals in a world of non-convergence

    Sir Philip Lowe addressed the theme of “120 Merger regimes: Multinational deals in a world of non-convergence: US, EU, Brazil, China…” at the GWU-Concurrences Conference in Washington on 19 September 2016. This snapshot is a redacted version of Sir Philip’s introductory speech in which he reviews the goal of global convergence in the treatment of…

  • Moving with the times: EU merger rules review process to start in the fall

    As mergers involving big data hit the headlines, the European Commission (EC) has decided to take action by initiating the process to review its merger review rules. A 12 week consultation is to be opened in September to seek views on whether the EC’s current EU merger rules need to be revised. This follows concerns…

  • Brexit Bowl: Competing Public Interests? Politics and Competition Enforcement

    What does Brexit mean for competition policy in the EU and UK? The issue has already formed part of the post-Brexit policy debate in the United Kingdom. This snapshot from FTI Consulting’s Senior Advisor, Sir Philip Lowe, a former Director General of the European Commission’s Competition department, looks at the issue of ‘public interest’ in…

  • Vestager and the European Parliament – closing the gap?

    As expected, the Commission’s Annual Report on Competition policy is a dry and technical affair, listing the different cases the Commission worked on in the previous year. One difference in this year’s report though is that the European Parliament (EP) gets a higher profile. The EP has not been altogether content with its role of…

  • Are EU merger review thresholds falling behind the times?

    EU Merger Control has clear rules on when a merger of two companies needs to be examined by the EU competition authority. The idea is two-fold: give legal certainty to companies and ensure that all potentially harmful merger projects are actually reviewed by a responsible competition authority. The current rule book developed from EU antitrust…

  • Media Matters – The Role of Media in European Competition Cases

    DG Competition is the executive arm of the European Commission responsible for overseeing mergers, cartels and State Aid within the EU, the world’s largest single trading bloc. This makes its Commissioner one of the few in Brussels who has real power across the Union and at Member State level. Its current incumbent, Margrethe Vestager, has…

  • We need to talk about data …

    Commissioner Vestager is certainly consistent when she comments on applying competition law to the digital economy; indeed it feels a bit like a crusade.  Whether it is Google, the e-commerce sector inquiry and the review of telecom mergers via Amazon tax rulings, she has been reflecting on the role of DG Competition in the sector.…

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