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

Bruce Lyons, May 14, 2012

Will the New U.K. Competition and Markets Authority Make Better Antitrust Decisions?

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)

Valentine Korah, Despoina Mantzari, May 14, 2012

It Takes One to Tango: The Single U.K. Competition And Markets Authority

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)

Renato Nazzini, May 14, 2012

Functional Separation in the U.K. Competition Regime

The vocal due process arguments raised from all quarters have thus been accommodated by imposing some form of functional separation within the CMA but without mandating its form. Renato Nazzini (Univ. of Southampton)

Ruchit Patel, May 14, 2012

The Removal of Dishonesty from the Cartel Offence and the Publication Defence: A Panacea?

While little may have changed for businesses, the Government’s reforms could have more significant repercussions for individuals. Ruchit Patel (Cleary Gottlieb)

Anna Mitchell, Paula Riedel, May 14, 2012

The Competition and Markets Authority: A New Era for U.K. Competition Law Enforcement?

While the original impetus may have been one of cost cutting and the creation of efficiencies, the merger may in reality be seen by many as more of a philosophical change. Paula Riedel & Anna Mitchell (Linklaters)

An Additional Word on Google

Stephen Houck, May 14, 2012

The Microsoft Case and Google

However the market is defined, it is highly unlikely that a court applying the analytical framework utilized in Microsoft will find that Google possesses durable monopoly power. Stephen D. Houck (Menaker & Herrmann)