The impact on antitrust enforcement of changing political dynamics globally is likely to be felt in several material ways through 2017 and beyond. Anticipating and preparing for these changes will be crucial for businesses seeking to limit their exposure to investigation for suspected anti-competitive behaviour or looking to carry out cross-border deals in strategic or sensitive sectors.
Strong competition policies remain central to economic growth agendas. However, more antitrust authorities are coming under pressure to help deliver wider political goals of ensuring businesses are behaving responsibly, markets are open and competitive and all stakeholders – including consumers and employees – are being treated fairly.
A number of important themes are emerging that could impact commercial decision-making and risk management in the year ahead:
We are delighted to enclose our seventh annual review of key trends in global antitrust enforcement, which explores these and other themes. If more detail on any of the issues discussed would be helpful, please get in touch with us or approach your usual contacts in our antitrust, competition and trade team.
Our best wishes for a successful 2017.