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Conference

Competition Policy in Regulated Markets

Chatham House, London

The Chatham House Annual Competition Policy conference 2014 will assess the role of competition policy in regulated markets, with a focus on financial, mobile telephony and electricity markets.  Speakers will also assess whether the intellectual property system remains fit for purpose.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • Does economic theory need to adapt to global antitrust practice?

  • Is it time to rethink the intellectual property (IP) system?  Does it stifle or enhance innovation?

  • Which is the right approach to benchmarks in financial markets – ex ante regulation or ex post antitrust enforcement, or both?

  • In the EU, does existing competition policy discourage investment in 4G networks?  Is mobile consolidation required for investment?

  • How can electricity markets be made more transparent, competitive and open to new entrants?


Continuing Professional Development
6 CPD (continuing professional development) hours are available for delegates attending this event, as per The Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Standards Board.


The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.


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Suggested hashtag: #CHcompetition

Monday 30 June
09:00 - 17:30

Chair
William E Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy and Professor of Law and Director, Competition Law Center, The George Washington University Law School

09:00 Opening remarks from the Chair

Opening Addresses (On the record)

Toh Han Li, Chief Executive Officer, Competition Commission of Singapore

  • What is the role of economics in global antitrust practice? Does economic theory need to adapt to practice?

Massimo Motta, Chief Economist, European Commission

Questions and discussion

Keynote Address (On the record)
Joaquin Almunia, Vice President, European Commission and European Commissioner for Competition

Questions and discussion

Session One  l  Financial Markets
10:20-11:20

  • Financial markets remain volatile and banks have come under even more pressure in the light of increased regulation and regulatory scrutiny.  How do competition policy and enforcement affect these markets and ensure competitiveness?
  • Libor, exchange rates and benchmarks – what is the right approach, ex-ante regulation or ex-post antitrust enforcement or both? How will banks and traders manage compliance risks?
  • Prospects for real-time compliance systems

Chair
Clare Spottiswoode, Non-executive Director, Royal Bank of Canada, and former Member, Independent Banking Commission, UK


Mary Starks, Director of Competition, Financial Conduct Authority


Gilles Briatta, Deputy Corporate Secretary, Société Générale

Paul Mankoo, Chief Executive, Unified

Questions and discussion

11:20    Refreshments


Session Two  l  Rethinking Intellectual Property : High Level Moderated Discussion
12:10-13:30

  • Is it time to rethink the Intellectual Property system in the context of widespread patent misuse (eg use of patents to block competitors; reverse settlement on patents; use of injunctions to enforce standard essential patents (SEPs)?

  • Is the patent system over-used? Does it stifle or enhance innovation? What remedies are appropriate for infringement?

  • Does the existence of patent assertion entities (PAEs) show that the IP system has moved too far from its intended purpose?

Chair
Dr Lorenzo Coppi, Executive Vice President and Head of the Brussels Office, Compass Lexecon

Keynote Speaker (on the record)
Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, US Federal Trade Commission

Jenni Lukander, Global Head of Competition Law, Nokia

Discussants
Eliana Garcés-Tólón, Senior Economist and Deputy to the Chief Economist, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

Thomas Vinje, Chair, Antitrust Practice, Clifford Chance

Questions and discussion

13:30 Lunch


Session Three  l  Network Industries – Mobile Telephony
14:30-15:30

  • In the EU, does existing competition policy discourage investment in 4G networks?  Is mobile consolidation required for investment? Can the existing sectoral regulatory framework be improved?
  • How will bundled competition affect markets and how will competition policy respond?
  • What is the role of governments in ensuring broadband access and how will competition policy respond?

Chair
Kip Meek, Founder, Communications Chambers and Senior Adviser, Everything Everywhere

Speakers
Peter Eberl, Deputy Head of Unit, Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG Connect, European Commission


Christian Salbaing, Deputy Chairman, Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Limited

Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe

Questions and discussion

15:30 Refreshments


Session Four  l  Network Industries – Electricity
16:00-17:30

  • How can electricity markets be made more transparent, competitive, and open to new entrants?
  • How will governments balance citizens’ demands for cheaper energy with the need for investment in generation?
  • How will carbon constraints affect energy prices?

Chair
Jenine Hulsmann, Partner, Antitrust, Clifford Chance

Speakers
Celine Gauer, Acting Director, Markets and Cases I, Energy and Environment, European Commission

Marian Nastase, Vimetco Country Manager, Romania, and President of the Board, Alro

Paul Spence, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF Energy

Questions and discussion

Closing Address (on the record)
David Currie, Chairman, Competition and Markets Authority, UK

Questions and discussion

17:30 End of conference and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2014

Pricing

PRICE EXCLUDING VATPRICE INCLUDING VAT
Major corporate member rates
All organizations£550£660
Corporate member rates
Commercial organizations£1,095£1,314
Commercial organizations£645£774
NGOs and academics£425£510
Standard rates
Commercial organizations£1195£1,434 
Government departments£695£834
NGOs and academics£475£570

Keynote Speakers

Speakers

Gilles Briatta

Deputy Corporate Secretary, Société Générale

Dr Lorenzo Coppi

Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon

Peter Eberl

Deputy Head of Unit, Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG Connect, European Commission

Eliana Garcés-Tólón

Senior Economist and Deputy to the Chief Economist, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

Céline Gauer

Acting Director, Markets and Cases I, Energy and Environment, European Commission

Jenine Hulsmann

Partner, Antitrust, Clifford Chance

William E Kovacic

Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy and Director, Competition Law Center, The George Washington University Law School

Paul Mankoo

Chief Executive, Unified

Kip Meek

Founder, Communications Chambers and Senior Adviser, Everything Everywhere

Marian Nastase

Vimetco Country Manager, Romania and President of the Board, Alro

Jorge Padilla

Senior Managing Director, Compass Lexecon

Christian Salbaing

Deputy Chairman, Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Limited

Paul Spence

Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs EDF Energy

Clare Spottiswoode

Non-executive Director, Royal Bank of Canada

Mary Starks

Director of Competition, Financial Conduct Authority

Thomas Vinje

Chair, Antitrust Practice, Clifford Chance

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Venue

Chatham House

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7957 5729
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If you wish to book the venue for your event please phone +44 (0)20 7314 2764


Conference Unit
Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK

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Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
Standard Single from £199 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1U 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
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To book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London by Kempinski
St James's Place
London
SW1A 1NJ
Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121
Standard Single £230 +VAT

This conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government and academic institutions.

Previous competition law conferences saw delegates from the following companies and institutions:

Ashurst
Addleshaw Goddard
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Barclays Plc
Berwin Leighton Paisner
BHP Billiton International Metals BV
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Bredin Prat
Bruegel
BT plc
Burson-Marsteller
Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Europe
City University
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Competition Authority Portugal
Competition Commission
Department for International Development (DFID)
Department of Transportation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Electrabel-Suez
Financial Services Authority (FSA)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
FTI Consulting Ltd
GlaxoSmithKline plc
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
HM Treasury
Hogan Lovells
HSBC Holdings plc
Hungarian Competition Authority
IMM Associates Ltd
Jersey Competition Regulation Authority (JCRA)
JETRO London
Jones Day
KPMG LLP
Kuit Steinart Levy LLP
Linklaters LLP
Lloyds Banking Group
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
London Stock Exchange
Mayer Brown International LLP
McDermott Will and Emery LLP
Merck & Co Inc
Microsoft Campus
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Monckton Chambers
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa)
Norton Rose
Office of Communications (Ofcom)
OFWAT(the Water Services Regulation Authority)
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Oxera Consulting Ltd
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Prudential plc
Qualcomm
RBB Economics
Rio Tinto plc
Royal Dutch Shell
Selex Galileo Ltd
Shearman & Sterling
SJ Berwin LLP
Slaughter and May
Stephenson Harwood
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Tesco
The Cooperatition Incubator
University College London
University of Leicester
University of Lucerne
University of East Anglia
US Federal Trade Commission
Vodafone Group
White & Case LLP

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists
Press can request a press pass.

Event contact

Chatham House Conferences

+44 (0)20 7957 5729