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Conference

Competition Policy in the New Decade

More harm than good?

Chatham House, London

Are Meaningful Competition Policies Part of the New Economic Order?


With the global economy still battling the consequences of the economic crisis, the value of maintaining competitive markets and ensuring strong competition policies is under fire from politicians and wider public opinion. This conference explores how an efficient competition regime can indeed play a critical role in restoring and maintaining future stability and economic prosperity across the globe.

Issues to be discussed include:

  • Can competition policy pave the way for a more prosperous future in developed and developing economies? Its role in the newly industrialized states
  • How to facilitate competitive behaviour by the public and private sectors: ensuring compliance at all levels
  • How to minimize regulatory burdens on business
  • Dealing with the commercial danger of differing systems at regional and national levels
  • Resisting protectionism and the fostering national champions: are these necessary for good industrial policy and do they benefit the public interest?

 

  • Lowri Evans

    • Deputy Director General for State Aid, DG Competition
  • John Fingleton

    • Chief Executive, UK Office of Fair Trading and
  • Peter Freeman

    • Chairman
  • Bill Kovacic

    • Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission and
  • Bruno Lasserre

    • President
  • Mariana Tavares De Araujo

    • Secretary, Secretariat of Economic Law
  • Simon Baxter

    • Partner
  • Phillip Blond

    • Director
  • Dorian Daley

    • Senior Vice-President and General Counsel
  • Christian Ewald

    • Chief Economist
  • Chris Giles

    • Economics Editor
  • Akira Goto

    • Commissioner
  • Stephen Harris

    • Partner
  • Paul Hofer

    • Associate Director
  • Frédéric Jenny

    • Chair Competition Law and Policy Commission
  • Paul Melling

    • Partner Baker & McKenzie; Honorary Legal Adviser to the British Ambassador, Moscow;
  • Alex Nourry

    • Partner
  • Kylie Sturtz

    • Legal Director Competition & Compliance
  • Bharat Vasani

    • Chief, Legal & General Counsel
  • Robert Wardle

    • Former Director of the Serious Fraud Office
  • Philip J Weiser

    • Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International, Policy and Appellate Matters
  • Mark Williams

    • Director

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18 June 2010

Session One
The Challenges and Priorities for Competition Law across the Globe

Chair Chris Giles
Economics Editor
Financial Times

09.30 Opening Remarks from the chair

Keynote Address: The challenges and priorities for competition law across the globe
Bill Kovacic
Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission and
Vice Chair, Outreach, International Competition Network Steering Group

Keynote Address: Can competition policy help pave the way for a more prosperous future in developed economies?
Bruno Lasserre
President
The French Autorité de la Concurrence

Keynote Address: The role of competition policy in the newly industrialized countries (NICs)
Mariana Tavares De Araujo
Secretary, Secretariat of Economic Law
Ministry of Justice, Brazil

11.10 Refreshments

Session Two
The Different Roles of Competition Policy: Its impact on global commerce

Chair: Chris Giles

11.30 Keynote Address
John Fingleton
Chief Executive, UK Office of Fair Trading and
Chair ICN Steering Group

  • The challenges and priorities for competition law regulators worldwide: the various roles of competition policy and its impact on global commerce
  • Can competition policy can pave the way for a more prosperous future in developed and developing economies? Its role in the newly industrialised states
  • The importance of effective international regulatory competition networks for worldwide economic recovery
  • How to facilitate competitive behaviour by the public and private sectors: ensuring compliance at all levels
  • How to minimise regulatory burdens on business
  • Is there a special role for the BRIC countries and the newly industrialised states?
  • The commercial danger of differing systems - how to minimise regulatory burdens on business?
  • What constitutes good practices by governments and corporations? The need to safeguard proper procedure in competition compliance worldwide
  • Resisting protectionism and the fostering national champions: are these necessary for good industrial policy and do they benefit the public interest?

12.00 Moderated Panel discussion

Panellists Philip J Weiser
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International, Policy and Appellate Matters, US Department of Justice

Frédéric Jenny
Chair
Competition Law and Policy Commission
OECD

Akira Goto
Commissioner
Japan Fair Trade Commission, Japan

Bharat Vasani
Chief, Legal & General Counsel
Tata Sons Ltd, India

Robert Wardle
Former Director of the Serious Fraud Office
Consultant, DLA Piper, London

13.15 Lunch

Session Three
Competition, Markets and the State

Chair: Mark Williams
Director
NERA Economic Consulting

14.15 Keynote Address
Lowri Evans
Deputy Director General for State Aid, DG Competition
European Commission

  • Is the "competition culture" alive and well, or do competition authorities need to re-assert the case for competition policy?
  • Can we expect rising intervention in markets by competition authorities around the world? Or just rising intervention by governments?
  • Is competition in unregulated markets still the preferred way to organise economic activity?
  • Does state subsidy have a proper role to play in the management of the economy?
  • Have markets and competition lost some of their legitimacy?

14.45 Moderated Panel Discussion

Panellists Alex Nourry
Partner
Clifford Chance

Christian Ewald
Chief Economist
Bundeskartellamt

Phillip Blond
Director
Respublica

16.00 Refreshments

Session Four
Merger Control: How can the system work effectively in an international geopolitical context?

Chair Simon Baxter
Partner
Clifford Chance

16.20 Keynote Address
Peter Freeman
Chairman
UK Competition Commission

  • Is merger control a requisite part of a well functioning competition regime? Is it particularly suited or ill-suited to the newly industrialized countries?
  • What attributes are necessary? Should merger control regimes be suspensory?
  • Should procedural convergence be prioritized over substantive convergence?
  • How well is the global competition community meeting the criteria for best practice set forth by the ICN?
  • How independent should merger control regimes be of political concerns?
  • How best can the community address leaks and potential corruption?
  • How can we safeguard good procedure more generally?
  • Is there a role for regional merger control, to reduce proliferation of systems?


16.50 Moderated Panel Discussion

Panellists Kylie Sturtz
Legal Director Competition & Compliance
Anheuser-Busch InBev

Stephen Harris
Partner
Jones Day

Paul Hofer
Associate Director
NERA Economic Consulting

Paul Melling
Partner, Partner, Baker & McKenzie; Honorary Legal Adviser to the British Ambassador, Moscow; Member of the Advisory Council, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce

Dorian Daley
Senior Vice-President and General Counsel
Oracle Corporation

18.00 End of conference and drinks reception

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