Friday - Saturday, 9 - 10 March 2018, Singapore

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Programme

Friday, 9 March 2018

8.45: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' Welcome

9.15: ASEAN Regulators' Roundtable

This session brings together ASEAN competition law enforcers to discuss capacity building, the development of competition law cooperation in the region, the differing treatment of key commercial conduct, key policy drivers in each jurisdiction, enforcement of competition laws, focus markets and recent cases.

11.15: Coffee Break       

11.45: Abuse of Dominance Cases in Digital Markets: Key Issues and New Trends

Looking through the lenses of past and ongoing abuse of dominance cases in the e-Commerce sector, this panel session considers the following issues:

  • How is dominance position of E-Commerce platform established?
  1. Market definition (online vs. offline market; multi-sided market)

  2. Market power assessment (measuring market shares, multi-homing, data and lock-in effect, network effect, leverage theory)

  • What are the usual forms of abuse? (Excessive pricing, exclusive dealing, tie-in sales, interoperability issues, etc. )

  • Given the dynamic nature of e-Commerce markets, when should competition authorities intervene?

  • What is(are) the most appropriate form(s) of remedies? 

  • Jurisdictional issues that may arise given the cross-border nature of e-Commerce transactions.

13.15: Networking Lunch kindly sponsored by Drew & Napier

14.15: Assessing Mergers in the E-Commerce Sector: Challenges and Countermeasures

Looking through the lenses of past and ongoing merger assessments in the e-Commerce sector undertaken by regulators in the region, this panel session considers the following issues:

  • What are the appropriate merger thresholds?

  • What is the appropriate counterfactual?

  • What are the typical competition concerns raised?

  • Should dynamic competition factors e.g. incentive for innovation, instead of only static competition factors i.e. coordinated and non-coordinated effects be considered as part of merger assessment?

  • Should the value of data be taken into account in merger assessment?

  • Is there greater cause for competition concerns in vertical/conglomerate mergers?

  • What is(are) the most appropriate form(s) of remedies? 

  • Economic analysis on remedy: static versus dynamic competition considerations

  • Jurisdictional issues that may arise given the cross-border nature of e-Commerce transactions.

15.45: Coffee Break

16.00: Unfair Competition in the Internet Economy

This panel session discusses recent regulatory developments with regard to unfair competition in the internet economy. The session will focus on:

  • The collection and use of personal data

  • Traffic hijacking

  • Unfair contract terms

  • New legislation and legislative amendments pertaining to unfair competition around the world

17.30: Chairs' closing remarks

17.45: Close of day one

Saturday, 10 March 2018

8.45: Welcome coffee and registration

9.15: Chairs' Welcome

9.30: North Asia Regulators' Roundtable

This session will exchange views from across North Asia and will discuss key developments in competition law and practice, key policy drivers, and the North Asian authorities approach in their enforcement of competition laws, and recent cases of significance.

11.00: Coffee Break        

11.30: Cartel Investigations in the Era of Artificial Intelligence: the Role of Algorithms

Algorithms can be designed to monitor competitor prices, adjust prices, signal prices, work out when it would be profitable to form cartels. They can also be used to enforce the terms of a cartel and monitor compliance. They have attracted the attention of competition authorities, notably the EU DG COMP which completed an e-Commerce sector inquiry in May 2017. The OECD also held a special hearing on Algorithms and Collusion in June 2017. This panel session considers the following issues:

  • How are competition authorities conducting cartel investigations with regard to algorithms in the e-Commerce sector?

  • How could authorities recognize collusions through algorithms?

  • When might information sharing through algorithms be considered "anti-competitive"?

13.00: Chairs' closing remarks

13.15: Close of conference

Singapore

Testimonials

  • "The E-commerce panel discussion shared a fun perspective for legal, regulator, academic and entrepreneur"

  • "The overall content of the conference was good, with relevant topics" Quek Wei Ling, Hitachi

  • "The discussion was pretty deep while not missing relevant issues"