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Our Curious Amalgam explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

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Our Curious Amalgam explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

    Has the Scrutiny Reached a Fever Pitch? Taking the Temperature of Private Equity in Healthcare

    Has the Scrutiny Reached a Fever Pitch? Taking the Temperature of Private Equity in Healthcare

    Private equity and health care are important aspects of the U.S. economy. Why are antitrust enforcers focused on the intersection of these two areas? Carla Hine, an antitrust attorney well-versed in both industries, joins Jaclyn Phillips and Jeny Maier to discuss the role PE plays in health care transactions and what antitrust enforcers' recent focus means for such transactions. Listen to this episode to learn more about everything from the benefits of PE investment to legal theories underlying the current conversation.
    With special guest:
    Carla Hine, Counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    Hosted by:
    Jaclyn Phillips, White & Case LLP and Jeny Maier, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

    • 28 min
    What Are the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Plans for Enforcement? Breaking It Down From A To Triple C

    What Are the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Plans for Enforcement? Breaking It Down From A To Triple C

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's enforcement and policy priorities for 2024-2025 reflect a focus on a wide range of conduct in many industries. What does this mean for practitioners, market participants, and consumers in Australia? Peta Stevenson, a competition attorney with more than two decades of experience, joins Jaclyn Phillips and Anant Raut to discuss the takeaways and implications. Listen to this episode to learn more about competition enforcement in Australia.
    With special guest:
    Peta Stevenson, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
    Related Links:
    Easing Cost of Living: ACCC Announces 2024 Enforcement Priorities, With a Focus on Consumers
    Stop Right There: Australia’s Merger Regime Set To Change
    Hosted by:
    Jaclyn Phillips, White & Case LLP and Anant Raut

    • 29 min
    Does the FTC Ban Get It Right or Go Too Far? Economists Debate the FTC Non-Compete Rule

    Does the FTC Ban Get It Right or Go Too Far? Economists Debate the FTC Non-Compete Rule

    The Federal Trade Commission's non-compete ban has stirred vigorous discussion in the antitrust bar and beyond. What do economic theory and empirical analysis tell us about the effects of non-competes, and whether a ban is justified? Economists Evan Starr and Brian Albrecht join co-hosts Sergei Zaslavsky and Anora Wang to debate the state of economic evidence on non-competes, the implications for policy, and what we still have to learn. Listen to this episode, which also aired as a live ABA program, for an in-depth discussion that highlights both areas of consensus and areas of disagreement on the economics of non-competes.
    With special guests:
    Evan Starr, Associate Professor, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and Brian Albrecht, Chief Economist, International Center for Law & Economics
    Related Links:
    Starr, Evan P., J.J. Prescott, and Norman D. Bishara. "Noncompete Agreements in the U.S. Labor Force." Journal of Law and Economics 64, no. 1 (2021): 53-84 
    Thomas, Randall S. and Thomas, Randall S. and Bishara, Norman D and Martin, Kenneth J., An Empirical Analysis of Non-Competition Clauses and Other Restrictive Post-Employment Covenants (February 26, 2014)
    Posner, Eric A. and Triantis, George G. and Triantis, Alexander J. and Triantis, Alexander J., Investing in Human Capital: The Efficiency of Covenants Not to Compete (January 2004)
    Hosted by:
    Sergei Zaslavsky and Anora Wang, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

    • 1 hr
    How Does U.S. Law Promote Competition in Agricultural Markets?

    How Does U.S. Law Promote Competition in Agricultural Markets?

    The preservation of competition in agricultural markets has been identified as as one of the Biden Administration's highest enforcement priorities. In this episode, co-hosts Alicia Downey and Barry Nigro talk to Professor Kelly Nuckolls of the University of Arkansas School of Law about recent enforcement actions and rulemaking efforts targeting anticompetitive practices in the agriculture sector. Listen to this episode to learn about the DOJ Antitrust Division's case against benchmarking service provider Agri Stats based on allegedly collusive information-sharing, and the Division's renewed interest in enforcing the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921--a federal statute with the potential to support challenges to unfair conduct that the Sherman Act might not reach.
    With special guest:
    Kelly Nuckolls, Assistant Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Law for the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, University of Arkansas School of Law
    Related Links:
    Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity Under the Packers and Stockyards Act, 9 CFR 201.302-201.390 (Mar. 6, 2024)

    Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments, 9 CFR 201.2-201.4 (Nov. 28, 2023)

    Wheeler v. Pilgrim's Pride Corp., 591 F.3d 355 (5th Cir. 2009)


    Hosted by:
    Alicia Downey, Downey Law LLC and Barry Nigro, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

    • 28 min
    Who Is Krisztian Katona? Meet an International Competition Lawyer

    Who Is Krisztian Katona? Meet an International Competition Lawyer

    Not many antitrust lawyers have a front row seat to competition law and policy around the globe. But have you met Krisztian Katona? Krisztian Katona, an international competition lawyer, speaks with Anora Wang and Jaclyn Phillips about the trajectory of his career, insights about competition law and trends, and how the ABA provides opportunities for international lawyers.
    With special guest:
    Krisztian Katona, Computer & Communications Industry Association
    Hosted by:
    Anora Wang, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and Jaclyn Phillips, White & Case LLP

    • 33 min
    Still Going Strong at 20? A Conversation With the Architect of the EU Merger Regulation 2004

    Still Going Strong at 20? A Conversation With the Architect of the EU Merger Regulation 2004

    The EU's merger control law--the Merger Regulation--was revised in 2004, and 2024 is therefore the 20th anniversary of the changes. What prompted those changes? Sir Philip Lowe, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition from 2002-2010, joins Matthew Reynolds and Matthew Hall to discuss the background to the changes and what else in EU merger control changed at the time. Listen to this episode to learn more about the basis for the current EU regime and Sir Philip's views on other topical merger control issues.
    With special guest:
    Sir Philip Lowe, Partner, Oxera Consulting
    Related Links:
    European Commission Mergers Website Page
    Court of First Instance judgment in Airtours
    Court of First Instance judgment in Tetra Laval/Sidel
    Court of First Instance judgment in Schneider/Legrand


    Hosted by:
    Matthew Reynolds, Huth Reynolds LLP and Matthew Hall, McGuireWoods London LLP

    • 41 min

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