We certainly experienced interesting times in 2012. Before the year fades away in the anticipation of even more excitement to come (already we have William Baer at DOJ, Josh Wright at FTC, and Google settled), we once again present a dozen of our most read articles of 2012, chosen not only for their popularity but also for their variety. And we certainly want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that participated in the CPI community this year – from our editorial board, to our authors, and, most especially, our subscribers. May you all have a Prosperous and Joyous New Year!

A Dozen of Our Best

Francois Renard, Jan 25, 2012

A Practitioner’s Look at Merger Control Remedies in China

The remedies imposed in China are sometimes quite creative and do not always seem burdensome for the parties. Franois Renard (Allen & Overy)

Francisco Enrique Gonzalez-Diaz, Jan 10, 2012

Minority Shareholdings And Interlocking Directorships: The European Union Approach

The limited frequency and the potentially limited impact of the possible anticompetitive effects of these transactions in the real world warrants a cautious approach. Francisco Enrique González-Díaz (Cleary Gottlieb)

Patrick Harrison, Kristina Nordlander, Feb 22, 2012

Are Rights Finally Becoming Fundamental?

The EU’s forthcoming direct accession to the ECHR gives the ECtHR and the EU courts the perfect opportunity to find that competition law proceedings must fully respect the fair trial rights and presumption of innocence. Kristina Nordlander & Patrick Harrison (Sidley Austin)

Joseph Murphy, Mar 29, 2012

Does Compliance Really Matter to DG Comp?

DG Comp says Compliance Matters but, regrettably, not to DG Comp. Joe Murphy (CCEP)

Laura Atlee, Apr 17, 2012

Joint Venture Subsidiary What s the Difference for Cartel Liability and Fines?

Having been so successful with wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Commission has recently decided to try its luck with joint ventures. Laura Atlee (Steptoe & Johnson)

Hill Wellford, Apr 30, 2012

Reasons to Reject a No Injunctions Rule for SEPs and FRAND-Obligated Patents

This no-injunction idea appears to spring from a serious misunderstanding of the nature of FRAND obligations. Hill Wellford (Bingham McCutchen)

Maher Dabbah, May 29, 2012

Islam, Islamic Countries, and Competition Law: From Past Glory to Modern Day Challenges

In light of the huge scope that exists for enriching the global debate on the fundamentals of competition law, the cultural and socio-economic and socio-political experience of Islamic countries can be interesting to discuss within this global debate. Maher Dabbah (Queen Mary, Univ. of London)

Anant Raut, Jun 13, 2012

Siri: What is Antitrust?

The model Apple sought to apply in the eBook industry is the same iTunes model it has applied elsewhere without challenge under the antitrust laws. Anant Raut (Pepper Hamilton LLP)

Robert Leibenluft, Jul 16, 2012

The Changing Health Care Sector: Tough New Challenges for Antitrust Enforcers

Changes in the health care sector will require antitrust enforcers and health care regulators to apply more sophisticated approaches to ensure that our reliance on competitive health care markets is well-placed. Robert F. Leibenluft (Hogan Lovells)

David Cardwell, Paul Lugard, Oct 05, 2012

Innovation is King. Or is it?

The precise significance of innovation in EU competition law has remained, at best, opaque. Paul Lugard & David Cardwell (Baker Botts)

Pal Szilagyi, Oct 30, 2012

Hungarian Competition Law & Policy: The Watermelon Omen

If we look at recent developments from a wider perspective, we can see some radical changes in the attitudes of the Hungarian legislature and the society. P¡l Szil¡gyi (Pter Pizmány Catholic University )

David Flower, Nov 28, 2012

The LIBOR Scandal and Lessons for Antitrust Compliance Programs

As eye-opening as the LIBOR scandal was for the general public, it was old news for the banking industry, which had been expecting the hammer to eventually drop. David Flower (Grant Thornton)