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The Spell of the Gherkin,

The Castro C. Geer Chapter of the Federal Trade Commission Alumni Association Annual Business Meeting

Washington, D.C.


(With apologies to "The Spell of the Yukon" by 
Robert Service.)

"There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold . . ."

So begins a story of grit and glory:
The Cremation of Sam McGee.
I remember when, as a boy of ten,
T'was the epitome of poetry.

Understanding Mergers: Strategy and Planning, Implementation, and Outcomes

Opening remarks before FTC Bureau of Economics Roundtable on Understanding Mergers: Strategy and Planning, Implementation, and Outcomes

Washington, D.C.


Welcome to the Federal Trade Commission's Roundtable on "Understanding Mergers: Strategy and Planning, Implementation, and Outcomes," sponsored by the Bureau of Economics. Throughout my career, both as a Commission official and a law professor, I have focused on the important role that efficiencies play, and ought to play, in the antitrust analysis of mergers.(1) Today and tomorrow several panels will discuss what is known about what mergers accomplish.

Growth Expectations for a Global Marketplace that is Mindful of Individuals

The Italian Data Protection Authority International Conference, "Privacy, Cost to Resource"

Rome, Italy


Good afternoon. I would like to thank Chairman Rodota and members of the Commission for sponsoring this important conference. We have heard a variety of different views and approaches to the issue of privacy protection, and its has been helpful for me to learn more about the Italian experience.

The Effectiveness of Privacy Protection in Economic Systems

The Italian Garant̩'s International Conference, Privacy: Cost to Resource

Rome, Italy


General Opening

Good Morning. Thank you, Mr. Rasi.

And, let me also thank Professor Rodotá and the Italian Garanté for the invitation to participate in this important privacy dialogue.

In particular, I want to commend the conference's review of privacy protection in the context of:

Kirkpatrick Award

Oral Remarks

Washington, D.C.


I. Welcome and Introduction.

This is the second year for the presentation of the Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime FTC Achievement. It is an occasion to gather past and present FTC supporters to honor someone whose contributions to the agency span the whole length of a professional career and are reflected in all facets of the honoree's work, inside and outside the agency.

Efficiencies and Antitrust: A Story of Ongoing Evolution

Prepared Remarks before ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2002 Fall Forum

Washington, D.C.


One of my recent articles(2) advanced the proposition that, contrary to popular belief, merger policy in the last 25 years has not shifted back and forth with changes of administrations. The evidence suggests instead that there was a revolutionary change, which began in the late 1970s, followed by a period of gradual evolution continuing to the present day.

Lessons from Real Life: True Stories that Illustrate the Art and Science of Cost-Effective Counseling

This article is a later written version of remarks delivered on October 25, 2002, at the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Antitrust Masters Course in Sea Island, Georgia, and is published in the March, 2003 edition of The Antitrust Source, www.antitrustsource.com

Merger Enforcement at the FTC

Keynote Address to the Tenth Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute, Presented by the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California

Santa Monica, California


I. Introduction

Good afternoon. It's an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to appear here today. I have been back at the FTC as Director of the Bureau of Competition for almost a year and a half now, so it is a good time to take stock of our recent merger enforcement activities.

Creating a Culture of Competition: The Essential Role of Competition Advocacy

Prepared Remarks before International Competition Network, Panel on Competition Advocacy and Antitrust Authorities

Naples, Italy


Competition advocates have won many victories over the last few decades. We have largely won the intellectual debate: Economists and legal scholars around the globe now recognize the benefits of competition to consumers and to the economy as a whole. We are winning the legal debate: Courts now recognize the importance of efficiency and robust price competition in evaluating mergers and business conduct.

Creating A Culture of Security

Privacy 2002: Information, Security, and New Global Realities, Sponsored by the Technology Policy Group, Wyndham Hotel

Cleveland, Ohio


Thank you for that generous introduction and for this timely conference. Today, I would like to discuss the security and privacy of our communications and information systems. I must first remind you that my remarks represent only my views and don't necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Trade Commission or any other Commissioner.

A year ago, FTC Chairman Tim Muris announced his privacy agenda to this conference. The Chairman noted that privacy and security are two sides of the same coin. I want to take that thought a step further.

Competition Agencies in a Market-Based Global Economy

Prepared Remarks At The Annual Lecture of the European Foreign Affairs Review

Brussels, Belgium


*The views expressed are those of the Chairman, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner

I want to thank the European Foreign Affairs Review, the Sussex European Institute, the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Mario Monti and his colleagues for the honor of participating in this event.

Hart-Scott-Rodino at 25

Prepared Remarks before the American Bar Association's "Mergers & Acquisitions: Getting Your Deal Through the New Antitrust Climate"

New York, N.Y.


For 25 years, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act has provided the antitrust enforcement agencies with the opportunity to review mergers and acquisitions before they occur. In the words of Peter Rodino on the occasion of the HSR Act's 25th anniversary, "the legislation absolutely has transformed merger enforcement. Competition, as well as the consumer, has benefitted(2)." The HSR program has been instrumental in detecting transactions that have been the subject of numerous enforcement actions and continues to do its job well.

Protecting Consumers' Privacy: Goals and Accomplishments

At The Networked Economy Summit

Reston, Virginia


*The views expressed are those of the Chairman, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner. In his delivered remarks, the Chairman may deviate frequently from the printed text of the speech.

Prepared Remarks

On the Occasion of the Celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the 1982 Merger Guidelines, United States Department of Justice

Washington, D.C.


Thank you, Charles, for your kind introduction. It's a great pleasure to work with you, and a privilege to be here today to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1982 Department of Justice Merger Guidelines.