Competition Policy in Global Markets

Chatham House, London

The global economic downturn has put competition policy under strain. Faced with tight budgets and pressure to preserve their industry base, competition authorities are having to adapt their approaches.

How can enforcement be made leaner, faster and more dynamic? Policy-makers, politicians and industry will discuss different approaches to cross-border cooperation, remedies, settlements and other procedural issues, focusing in particular on the extractive industries and new technology markets.

  • Should competition enforcement reflect the economic difficulties that businesses are experiencing, eg by allowing national or regional champions and cartels?
  • Should legal and/or procedural convergence between regulators be increased, and how?
  • To what extent do protectionist trends in competition law-making hamper M&A transactions?
  • In new media, does competition now move at the speed of light, and can regulators keep pace?

  • Joaquín Almunia

    • Commissioner in charge of Competition and Vice President
  • Philip Collins

    • Chairman
  • Brian Facey

    • Co-Chair
  • Lui Jiang

    • Director, Pre-notification Division, Anti-monopoly Bureau
  • William E Kovacic

    • Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy
  • Munesh Mahtani

    • Competition Counsel, EMEA, India and China
  • Greg Olsen

    • Partner
  • Carlos Ragazzo

    • Commissioner
  • Nigel Robinson

    • Managing Director, Global Head of Natural Resources M&A
  • Emily Roche

    • Senior Counsel, Competition
  • J Thomas Rosch

    • Commissioner
  • Thomas Vinje

    • Partner and Chairman of Global Antitrust Practice
  • Stian Westlake

    • Head, Policy and Research Team
  • Dr Mark Williams

    • Director

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Friday 22 June 2012
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Session One
Structural and Procedural Challenges: Faster, leaner, meaner?

  • How should regulators meet the challenges resulting from the the global downturn and demands for efficiencies?
  • Should there be less a case-by-case/complaints-driven approach to enforcement and more a focused and sector-specific approach based on ex-officio cases?
  • Should legal and/or procedural convergence between regulators be increased and if so, how?
  • Should there be more pragmatic and faster enforcement through commitments or other means, and, if so, what form should they take?
  • What constitutes ‘good’ or ‘best’ practice by regulators and businesses, e.g. the European Commission’s Best Practice Guidelines on Antitrust (2011)?

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

09.30    Opening remarks from the Chair

09.40    Keynote Addresses
Joaquín Almunia (on the record)
Commissioner for Competition and
Vice President, European Commission

10.00  J Thomas Rosch (on the record)
US Federal Trade Commission

10.20    Lui Jiang
Director, Pre-merger Division, Anti-monopoly Bureau
Ministry of Commerce, China

10.40     Moderated discussion

11.10    Refreshments

Session Two
Extractive Industries: Responses to the new, global challenges

  • To what extent do protectionist trends in competition laws hamper or hinder M&A transactions?
  • How should the tension between resource nationalism and competition law be managed?
  • Ramifications of strategic alliances and cooperation;
  • How to best manage the twin track of merger control and foreign investment rules?

11.40    Moderated Panel Discussion

Greg Olsen
Clifford Chance

Emily Roche
Senior Counsel, Competition
Rio Tinto
Brian Facey
Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group

Carlos Ragazzo
Brazil’s Council for Economic Defence

Nigel Robinson
Managing Director and Global Head of Natural Resources M&A
Deutsche Bank

13.30    Lunch

Session Three
New Technologies, New Markets, New Modes of Competition

  • Does technology now move at the speed of light, and can regulators keep pace?
  • Does the threat of antitrust intervention dampen innovation and competition?
  • Does the presence of high fixed costs, two-sided markets and network effects make
    intervention too difficult to get right?

Dr Mark Williams
Director and Head of European Competition Policy Group
NERA Economic Consulting

14.30    Moderated Panel Discussion


Munesh Mathani
Competition Counsel, EMEA, India and China

Thomas Vinje
Chairman, Global Antitrust Practice
Clifford Chance

Stian Westlake
Head, Policy and Research Team

15.35    Refreshments

15.55     Moderated discussion


Closing Keynote Address
Philip Collins (on the record)
Office of Fair Trading, UK

16.55     End of conference and reception hosted by Chatham House

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