Thursday, 5th - Friday, 6th February 2020, Maxwell Chambers

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Chairs

Susan Ning

King & Wood Mallesons, Beijing and Sanya

Ms. Ning holds a Bachelor of Laws from Peking University and a Master in Law from McGill University. She was admitted as a Chinese lawyer in 1988.

Ms. Ning joined King & Wood Mallesons in 1995. She is a partner and the head of the Compliance Group. Ms. Ning’s main areas of practice include cybersecurity and data compliance, and antitrust and competition law. In addition, Ms. Ning also practices international trade and investment law.

Chong Kin Lim

Drew & Napier, Singapore

Lim Chong Kin heads Drew & Napier's Competition and Regulatory (Contentious & Non-Contentious); and, Telecoms, Media and Technology practices.

Widely acknowledged by peers, clients and rivals as a leading lawyer in the fields of Antitrust, Competition, Regulatory, Telecommunications, Media and Technology, Chong Kin also has experience in advising the sectoral competition regulators on liberalisation matters since 1999, including drafting, implementing and enforcing the competition law framework for the telecom, media and postal sectors.

Programme

Thursday 5th March

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' welcome

Susan Ning, King & Wood Mallesons, Beijing and Sanya
Chong Kin Lim, Drew & Napier, Singapore

9.15: ASEAN enforcers roundtable: A sea of change – recent developments in competition laws and enforcement in the ASEAN region

The past year saw key changes and developments in competition laws and enforcement in the ASEAN region. The panel, which comprises of a line-up of enforcement officials from ASEAN member states, will discuss these changes and developments, as well as enforcement priorities for 2020.

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: When antitrust, consumer protection and data protection laws collide 

This session will cover recent legislative and regulatory developments with at the intersection of of privacy, data competition and consumer protection, and further forecast the legislative developments in Asia and beyond.

  • The development of e-commerce, social media, and other digital, data-driven services invites more overlap between antitrust, privacy and data competition. How are competition and antitrust enforcers approaching markets in which these three legal and regulatory areas overlap?
  • How different jurisdictions balance the various and separate focuses of these three laws. Do authorities welcome unified enforcement rather than the parallel actions of different regulatory and enforcement agencies?
  • How companies best comply with the various and sometimes competing requirements of these areas of the law
  • Projecting future legislation and regulatory supervision in the interactive areas.

12.40: Networking lunch

13.50: Merger regulation, socio-economic policy and trade: Should merger policy consider social and industrial policy, and security issues, in this globalised economy?

The panel will share their views on the hotly debated topic of whether, and to what extent, public interest considerations, such as employment, industrial policy, security and trade should feature in merger control enforcement; and provide insights on the treatment of such considerations in their respective jurisdictions.

15.00: Coffee break

15.25: Economically-speaking – key issues of economic science in competition law cases 

Economic assessments form the scientific backbone to many complex competition cases. From market assessments to analyses of foreclosure effects of mergers or conduct, the panel will visit the ways in which economics can play a major role in competition law assessment and advocacy and discuss key questions on the minds of competition economists today. 

16.35: Chairs' close of day remarks

Susan Ning, King & Wood Mallesons, Beijing and Sanya
Chong Kin Lim, Drew & Napier, Singapore

16.45: Close of day one: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Shearman & Sterling

 

Friday 6th March 2020

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.15: Chairs' welcome

Susan Ning, King & Wood Mallesons, Beijing and Sanya
Chong Kin Lim, Drew & Napier, Singapore

9.30: North Asia roundtable and Q&A

With more enforcement guidelines issued in North Asia incorporating data effects in competition analysis, authorities have not only realized the importance of the digital economy, but also increasingly accept the differences between online and traditional industries.  This session will discuss the following from an enforcement perspective:

  • How do new technologies affect customers’ demand, and thus change how enforcers define the relevant market?
  • How do authorities deal with industrial changes and to what extent do authorities accept various substitutable products/services to constitute one relevant market considering the digital economy’s characteristics? The panel will examine online vs. offline markets, multi-sided markets, the acceptance of similar function products and services as substitutes, etc.
  • How do authorities analyze market power in the digital economy? The panel will investigate market power analysis methods and whether technical experts are increasingly acceptable in competition cases.
  • What are typical competitive restrictive conducts in the digital economy? What are the various approaches of authorities in analyzing such conducts in terms of algorithms, data and platform effects?
  • What kinds of remedies do authorities usually impose in digital economy cases?

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Abuse of dominance and cartel concerns in technology and other industries

Looking through the lenses of regional authorities’ past and ongoing investigations, this session will discuss:

  • Updates on various instances of alleged dominance or monopolistic behavior that has drawn the attention of regional authorities
  • IP licensing, SEPs, exploitative and exclusionary pricing and access issues, algorithms, AI
  • The US and European Commission have now aggressively pursued Google, Facebook and other technology companies. Have those same technology companies become a target for enforcers in this region? What are suggestions for technology companies in this more globalized environment?
  • Updates on how regional authorities identify collusion in technology-intensive industries, such as tacit collusion and collusion in standard setting organization in terms of new technologies.

12.25: Chairs' closing remarks

Susan Ning, King & Wood Mallesons, Beijing and Sanya
Chong Kin Lim, Drew & Napier, Singapore

12.35: Close of conference

Venue

Maxwell Chambers

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