As antitrust enforcers and legal practitioners from around the globe convened in Washington DC for the ABA’s Antitrust Spring Meeting, PaRR’s global team provided comprehensive coverage of the competition community’s premier annual event.
- US Department of Justice’s assistant attorney general, Roger P. Alford, announced that the agency’s cherished multilateral framework on procedures (MFP) is set to see buy-in from several competition authorities under the existing International Competition Network (ICN), with a second path planned for non-members
- The director general of the Antimonopoly Bureau of China’s newly formed State Administration for Market Supervision, Wu Zhenguo, told PaRR on the sidelines of the conference that the country is mulling joining the MFP
- The EU’s competition head Margrethe Vestager, welcomed the move to streamline the proposal through the ICN.
- Merger control policies were on the minds of Asian enforcers with Singapore and Philippines representatives flagging planned changes to policies and thresholds, while Hong Kong and Malaysia spoke of the need to introduce merger control provisions.