The U.K. competition authority structure is undergoing remodeling and we have several experts weighing in to take questions: How is the new organization going to react with other U.K. authorities? How best to integrate two different approaches to decision making? Should merger notification still be voluntary? What are the appropriate safeguards to ensure impartial decisions? What does the removal of “dishonesty” from the cartel offense mean? Both already established and newly developing competition regimes should be able to learn a lot from the U.K. process. And since we like to track of the ongoing saga of the antitrust world v. Google, we present a comparison with the historical Microsoft case. Enjoy!
Restructuring a Competition Authority: The U.K. Challenge
To understand the potential effectiveness of the CMA, we need to understand the organizations that are being merged. The CC and OFT are very different animals. Bruce Lyons (CCP, Univ. of East Anglia)
What, however, has been less emphasized in the discussions surrounding the reform is the role of the CAT in this new institutional setting. Despoina Mantzari & Valentine Korah (UCL)