Over the course of each LIVE conference, participants will be able to engage in high-level panel discussions and conversations between policy makers, .. Read more business leaders and international experts. In the current hyper-politicized environment, the challenge for competition authorities is how to pursue these goals while navigating political pressures and public sentiments that have the capacity to influence competition policy and enforcement decisions. The annual Chatham House Competition Policy conference will assess how thinking on antitrust and market regulation is being reshaped in the prevailing political context, nationally and internationally, and amid the influence of non-competition factors, including industrial policy and trade objectives. Policy-makers’ attitudes to mergers may be shifting amid concerns about an unlevel international playing field that penalizes companies operating in jurisdictions with strict merger control regimes. At the same time, the public perception in many of those jurisdictions is that merger control is not strict enough. As some regulatory authorities take heed of geopolitical and geo-economic considerations on merger control decisions, others, particularly the EU, have faced criticism for not doing so. This session will assess the prevailing trends in merger control and how to strike a balance between antitrust principles and economic realities in merger decisions.
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