Sean Heather

Senior Vice President, International Regulatory Affairs

Sean Heather is Senior Vice President for International Regulatory Affairs.

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Unlocking Antitrust: Antitrust Places Little Obligation to Help Competitors (Part 3)

Antitrust is not about competitors, its about consumers.
Part 3 examines abuse of superior bargaining power.

Unlocking Antitrust: Antitrust Places Little Obligation to Help Competitors (Part 2)

Antitrust is not about competitors, its about consumers.
Part 2 examines product design and self-preferencing.

Unlocking Antitrust: Antitrust Places Little Obligation to Help Competitors (Part 1)

Antitrust is not about competitors, its about consumers.
Part 1 is an examination of refusal to deal and essential facility claims.

Unlocking Antitrust: 3 Reasons Why Simplicity is Antitrust’s Greatest Strength

Here are three reasons why the simplicity of existing antitrust laws are also the laws' greatest strength.

What the Sabre-Farelogix Case Tells Us About the Future Of Antitrust Law

Various antitrust jurisdictions across the globe are considering big changes to their antitrust laws that could stray from sound economics.

EU Certainties - Death, Taxes and Competition Enforcement

Benjamin Franklin once said that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But those following Brussels policy debates know of a third uniquely European certainty — the unbridled power of EU competition enforcement.

As foreseen, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday announced that tax arrangements offered by Luxembourg and the Netherlands are in violation of EU State aid laws.

The European Parliament’s Telling Vote and What It Means for the Transatlantic Trade Talks

It underscores why American investors need investment protection and a meaningful Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism to be at the core of any transatlantic agreement.

13 Myths about Investor-State Arbitration

To safeguard international investments, countries enter into bilateral investment treaties (BITs). The United States also includes these safeguards for investments in our trade agreements. They ensure international investors are not subject to discrimination, are treated fairly and are compensated in the event of expropriation.

Regulation in the Public Interest — or Just Discrimination?

In yesterday’s post Investaphobia, we examined the irrational fear of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). But the activists peddling fear of investment treaties have another line of attack: They claim investment treaties limit a government’s right to regulate.

Investaphobia and the Irrational Fear of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

ISDS simply allows an investor to make a claim when a government has violated the obligations it undertook upon signing an investment treaty.

A Look at the “I” in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Does a commercial agreement between two parties that already boast the world’s largest and most successful two-way investment relationship need to include rules on investment? Absolutely.

Paradigm Shift for the U.S.-China Economic Relationship

How much more did U.S. companies invest in China than Chinese companies invested in the United States in 2012? Two times as much? Three times? Ten times?

Antitrust Enforcement: In Pursuit of Open, Competitive Markets

Competition policy and trade policy have long been viewed to be complementary. Ideally, both unleash the power of competition in the marketplace to benefit consumers, not protect producers. In practice, however, promoting competition through antitrust enforcement is no simple matter.

Emerging Trade Issues: The Challenge of State-Owned Enterprises

As the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations enter their final stage, its provisions addressing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) loom as one of its path-breaking contributions.

Balderdash and ISDS

Type "investment protection," or "investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)," into your search engine, and you’ll find misleading information abounds. There is a serious game of deception going on, and the same old isolationist critics are hoping you don’t notice the con they are trying to pull-off.

Top 10 Reasons Why Shrill Trade Critics Have Zero Credibility

Ah…behold the marketing power of Top 10 lists. They’ve been nightly punch lines on David Letterman’s “Late Show” for several decades.  In honor of Letterman’s announcement that he would retire in 2015, we thought the trade policy world could use a little levity as well as a reality check.