Coverage

Beijing lawyer denies China’s authorities favour national interests

Beijing lawyer denies China’s authorities favour national interests

10 November 2017

Acknowledging that outsiders often perceive that China’s three competition authorities as favouring Chinese companies and national interests, JunHe partner Yingling Wei denied that populism has had a visible effect on antitrust enforcement in China.

Privacy is part of antitrust, says former EU official

Privacy is part of antitrust, says former EU official

10 November 2017

The former deputy chief economist of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market and Industry has said antitrust enforcers could use the degradation of privacy as proof of competitive harm, but would also have to show that data collection stemmed from market power.

GCR Live Women in Antitrust: in pictures

GCR Live Women in Antitrust: in pictures

14 November 2017

At the inaugural GCR Live Women in Antitrust last week, a host of the world's top practitioners, economists, academics and enforcers came together for discussion and debate at the Williard Intercontinental in Washington, DC.

US and Mexico antitrust heads diverge on regulation

13 November 2017

The head of Mexico’s competition authority called for “smart regulation” as a tool to promote competition in the Mexican market last week, but acting US Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen warned that excessive regulation could dampen competition.

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

10 November 2017

A panel of experts, including former US Department of Justice acting antitrust head Renata Hesse, have lamented the development of unilateral conduct cases in Europe, and voiced concerns that the European Commission may be motivated by politics and public relations.

Chairs

Kristina Nordlander

Sidley Austin, Brussels

Kristina Nordlander has a thriving EU competition, litigation and regulatory practice, representing major companies in a variety of sectors, including e-commerce, life sciences, financial services and payments, technology and chemicals. 

Edith Ramirez

Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC and Los Angeles

Edith Ramirez, former Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is co-head of the Antitrust and Competition practice and a partner in the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. She has long been a strong presence in the international competition and privacy arena.

Speakers

Melanie Aitken

Bennett Jones, Washington, DC

Fiona Carlin

Baker McKenzie, Brussels

Vicky Eatrides

Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch, Canada Competition Bureau, Quebec

Eliana Garcés

The Brattle Group, Washington, DC

Deborah Garza

Covington & Burling, Washington, DC

Céline Gauer

Director, Energy & Environment, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Catriona Hatton

Baker Botts, Brussels

Renata Hesse

Sullivan & Cromwell, Washington, DC

Bojana Ignjatovic

RBB Economics, London

Aimee Imundo

Senior counsel, General Electric, Washington, DC

Claire Jeffs

Slaughter and May, Brussels and London

Susan Jones

Head Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis, Basel

Mary Lehner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington, DC

Karin Lunning

Director, Department of Communications and International Affairs, Swedish Competition Authority, Stockholm

Lindsay Lutz

Legal Director, Antitrust and Regulatory, eBay, San Francisco

Maureen Ohlhausen

Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington, DC

Leigh Oliver

Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Alejandra Palacios Prieto

President, Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico City

Maria Raptis

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Cristianne Saccab Zarzur

Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo

Lauren Stiroh

Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting, New York

Yingling Wei

JunHe, Beijing

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' opening remarks

Edith Ramirez, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC and Los Angeles
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels

9.15: Fireside chat 

Speakers:
Maureen Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington DC
Alejandra Palacios Prieto, President, Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico City
Karin Lunning, Director, Department of Communications and International Affairs, Swedish Competition Authority, Stockholm

Interviewer
Melanie Aitken, Bennett Jones, Washington, DC

10.15: Populism, public interest and antitrust

With political rhetoric in the developed world taking on a strong nationalist, anti-globalisation hue, what will be the impact on competition policy? What have we learned about US public enforcement in the Trump Administration in 2017? What about the EU's focus on fairness, including in corporate taxation? To what extent should governments globally consider public interest facets such as employment, environment or ‘industrial policy' in enforcement of competition law?

Moderator:
Mary Lehner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington DC

Panel:
Vicky Eatrides, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch, Canada Competition Bureau, Quebec
Deborah Garza, Covington & Burling, Washington, DC
Céline Gauer, Director, Energy and Environment, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Yingling Wei, JunHe, Beijing

11.30: Coffee break

12.00: The nexus between competition and innovation

Is there a connection between innovation and concentration? Are new innovation theories of harm being pursued in competition enforcement? How are agencies considering innovation across the world?

Moderator:
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels and London

Panel:
Fiona Carlin, Baker McKenzie, Brussels
Susan Jones, Head Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis, Basel
Leigh Oliver, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC
Lauren Stiroh, Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting, New York

13.15: Networking lunch

14.15: Big data and privacy as competitive concerns

At what point does large-scale information become a competition concern? Where and what is the overlap between data privacy and competition?

Moderator:
Claire Jeffs, Slaughter and May, Brussels and London

Panel:
Maria Raptis, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York
Lindsay Lutz, Legal Director, Antitrust and Regulatory, eBay, San Francisco
Eliana Garcés, The Brattle Group, Washington, DC

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Global competition regimes: diverging or converging?

In the US, Trump's seeming aim of dismantling the administrative state is in full swing, whereas in the EU, enforcement is if anything broadening - and post-Brexit, one can arguably expect even heavier regulation from the EU27. With this seeming tension between the two major regulatory approaches to competition law, what is the future for convergence and cooperation between the world's authorities? Where should agencies and counsel from developing economies look for leadership when different approaches emerge?

Moderator:
Catriona Hatton, Baker Botts, Brussels

Panel:
Renata Hesse, Sullivan & Cromwell, Washington DC
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, London
Aimee Imundo, General Electric, Washington, DC
Cristianne Saccab Zarzur, Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Edith Ramirez, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC and Los Angeles
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels

17.30: Drinks reception

19.00: All delegates are invited to attend an all-conference dinner, kindly hosted by NERA Economic Consulting

Venue

Willard Intercontinental Washington, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

Testimonials

  • "Great discussion and interesting to hear perspectives from different jurisdictions" Alysha Manji-Knight, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

  • "Excellent, very interesting and informative" Michelle Parikh, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

  • "Excellent quality of discussion, topic choice, and relevance/timeliness of the material" Esther Lee, Clifford Chance

  • "I thought the quality was very high & indicated a high level of preparation and thought. I also enjoyed the diverse perspectives with private practicioners, in house & government speakers often on each panel"

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