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Israel’s Competition Authority Head Steps Down

 |  May 23, 2021

Israel’s antitrust regulator is quitting after more than five years so that she can conduct research at Harvard University.

Israel Competition Authority head Michal Halperin announced that she will step down in August. Halperin told her employees in a letter that, “The time has come to pass on the baton of the Authority to a successor.”

Halperin contacted Minister of Economy and Industry Amir Peretz Sunday morning, May 23, and said that, “After five and a half years of endeavor, I am requesting to end my term of office and take time out, of which I will take advantage of for research and writing at Harvard University.”

Halperin was appointed head of the Competition Authority, Israel’s antitrust regulator, in March 2016 and was due to end her term of office in March 2022. She was previously head of the antitrust department at the Meitar law firm. She said on Sunday that, “After five years, I see a strong, resolute and effective authority …… We brought about competition in the natural gas market for the benefit of consumers and the economy.”

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