182 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

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.

    An Overlooked Battleground? Antitrust Issues Before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

    An Overlooked Battleground? Antitrust Issues Before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

    The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) may have been a familiar forum to parties in international trade to address disputes over intellectual property rights. But can the ITC also be an alternative adjudication body for private antitrust litigation? The Honorable F. Scott Kieff, Professor of Law at the George Washington Law School and former USITC commissioner speaks with Anora Wang and Christina Ma on the ITC’s design, the agency’s Section 337 docket, and ITC proceedings involving antitrust. Listen to this episode to learn about the ITC as an agency and its relevance to competition.
    With special guest:
    F. Scott Kieff, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
    Related Links:
    1. F. Scott Kieff, Private Antitrust at the U.S. International Trade Commission, 14 J. Comp. L. & Econ. 46 (2018)
    2. F. Scott Kieff, "A Soup to Nuts Overview of a Job Search: A Common Sense Primer for Law Students" (2009)
    Hosted by:
    Anora Wang, Arnold & Porter and Christina Ma, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

    • 44 min
    What Have We Learned From Empirical Studies? Potential Antitrust Concerns Arising From Common Ownership

    What Have We Learned From Empirical Studies? Potential Antitrust Concerns Arising From Common Ownership

    There is a growing interest in understanding the “ownership interests hypothesis,” i.e., whether investors holding interests in competing firms will soften firms’ incentives to compete and generate anticompetitive effects. But what do the data show? Isabel Tecu, principal at Charles River Associates and co-author of a leading study on common ownership focusing on the airlines industry, discusses her observations and insights with Anora Wang and Christina Ma. Listen to this episode to learn about the knowns and unknowns from the empirical evidence as well as implications for competition policy.
    With special guest:
    Isabel Tecu, Principal, Charles River Associates
    Related Links:
    1. José Azar, Martin C. Schmalz & Isabel Tecu, Anticompetitive Effects of Common Ownership (Working Paper, 2014)
    2. Isabel Tecu, "Anticompetitive Effects of Common Ownership" at Seven Years, Antitrust Magazine, Volume 36, Issue 1 (Fall 2021)
    Hosted by:
    Anora Wang, Arnold & Porter and Christina Ma, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

    • 34 min
    What’s the Role of FTC’s General Counsel? A Conversation with Alden Abbott on Historical and Current Issues

    What’s the Role of FTC’s General Counsel? A Conversation with Alden Abbott on Historical and Current Issues

    The FTC’s General Counsel (GC) is the agency’s chief legal officer and adviser that provides counsel on various issues of law and policy and represents the agency in court. What are some of the most regular and important issues at the FTC’s GC office? Prof. Alden Abbott, former FTC GC and current Senior Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, speaks with John Roberti and Anora Wang on issues including the Administrative Procedure Act, which can be critical especially when the agency expands or restricts its authorities. Listen to this episode to better understand the FTC’s GC role.
    With special guest:
    Alden Abbott, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
    Related Links:
    Alden Abbott, FTC Competition Regulation: A Cost-Benefit Appraisal (June 28, 2021)
    Hosted by:
    John Roberti, Cohen & Gresser and Anora Wang, Arnold & Porter

    • 40 min
    Who Is Cani Fernández? Meet the President of the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission.

    Who Is Cani Fernández? Meet the President of the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission.

    The Section Lunch at the Antitrust Law Section’s Annual Spring Meeting in March 2022 featured a panel discussion with four trailblazing women leaders who have served as current or former competition agency chiefs in their countries. By popular demand, we are dedicating an episode of Our Curious Amalgam to each of these inspiring panelists. In this episode, hosts Alicia Downey and Jaclyn Phillips ask Cani Fernández, President of the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission, to talk about Spain's competition regime, newsworthy accomplishments of the Commission under her leadership, and her own professional journey.
    With special guest:
    Cani Fernández, President of the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission
    Related Link:
    Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission
    Hosted by:
    Alicia Downey, Downey Law LLC and Jaclyn Phillips, White & Case LLP

    • 29 min
    Are We Thinking About Innovation the Right Way? The Role of Dynamic Efficiency in Competition Policy

    Are We Thinking About Innovation the Right Way? The Role of Dynamic Efficiency in Competition Policy

    Amidst the current momentum for antitrust reform, are U.S. lawmakers and enforcers thinking about the role of innovation in the right way? Aurelien Portuese, Director of the Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, joins Sergei Zaslavsky and Sarah Zhang to discuss the concept of dynamic efficiency and how antitrust should feature innovation as a central concern. Listen to this episode if you want to learn more about the importance of innovation to competition policy, the relationship between innovation and market power, and whether contemplated antitrust reforms sufficiently take innovation into account.
    With special guest:
    Aurelien Portuese, Director of the Schumpeter Project, ITIF
    Related Link:
    Aurelien Portuese biography 
    Hosted by:
    Sergei Zaslavsky and Sarah Zhang

    • 37 min
    Who Is Michal Halperin? Meet the Former Director-General of the Israeli Competition Authority

    Who Is Michal Halperin? Meet the Former Director-General of the Israeli Competition Authority

    The Section Lunch at the Antitrust Law Section’s Annual Spring Meeting in March 2022 featured a panel discussion with four trailblazing women leaders who have served as current or former competition agency chiefs in their countries. By popular demand, we are dedicating an episode of Our Curious Amalgam to each of these inspiring panelists. In this episode, hosts Alicia Downey and Elyse Dorsey ask former Israeli Competition Authority Director-General Michal Halperin to talk about Israel’s competition regime, newsworthy accomplishments of the Competition Authority under her leadership, and her own professional journey.
    With special guest:
    Michal Halperin, Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, Harvard Kennedy School
    Related Link:
    Israeli Competition Authority
    Hosted by:
    Alicia Downey, Downey Law LLC and Elyse Dorsey, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    • 31 min

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