Conference

Competition Policy and Economic Growth

Principles and Practice

Chatham House, London

This year’s competition policy conference will examine the role of competition policy in the absence of growth. As developed countries grapple with job creation and struggling economies, it will examine the limits of and justifications for government intervention in the market and explore the economic costs and benefits of stringent competition enforcement. 

  • To what extent is state aid economically justifiable?

  • Should jobs and industrial policy trump competition?

  • Do markets get it wrong?

  • What are the challenges when applying competition policy for the new players on a world stage?

  • Is traditional consumer welfare analysis suitable for emerging economies?

  • How will the UK's new regulatory regime fit in with government growth plans?


 

  • Tito Amaral De Andrade

    • Partner
  • Oliver Bretz

    • Managing Partner, Antitrust Practice
  • Lord Currie of Marylebone

    • Chair, Designate
  • Mark Griffiths

    • Africa Competition Counsel
  • Julia Holtz

    • Director, Competition
  • Tim Jones

    • Solicitor
  • Gert Jan Koopman

    • Deputy Director General State Aid
  • William E Kovacic

    • Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy
  • George K Lipimile

    • Director and Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr Burton Ong

    • Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Law and Business
  • Alexander Italianer

    • Director General, Competition
  • Maureen K Ohlhausen

    • Commissioner
  • Eduardo Pérez-Motta

    • Chairman, Mexican Federal Competition Commission
  • Camila Pires Alves

    • Deputy Head, Economics Department
  • Damian Reece

    • Deputy Chief Executive
  • Bai Yong

    • Senior Associate, Antitrust Practice
  • Wang Yuanting

    • Deputy Director, Division of Economics, Anti-Monopoly Bureau

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists
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Venue

Chatham House

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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

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 £190 + VAT
Book Flemings online

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1U 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
Standard Single £205 + VAT
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

Monday 24 June
09:30

Session One: Can Competition Policy Drive Growth?

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

09:30 Keynote Addresses

Maureen K Ohlhausen
Commissioner,
US Federal Trade Commission

Alexander Italianer
Director General, Competition
European Commission
  
Wang Yuanting
Deputy Director of Division of Economics, Anti-Monopoly Bureau
Ministry of Commerce, China

Camila Pires Alves
Deputy Head, Economics Department, Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense

10:40 Questions and discussion

11:10 - 11:30    Refreshments
 

Session Two: Competition Policy During Recession-hit Times

  • How far should government intervention go in a difficult economic climate? Do the EU and national authorities take sufficient account of the economic context and companies' individual situations?

  • EU State Aid rules and interventions: how appropriate and adapted are they in light of the ongoing financial crisis?

  • EU and national merger control policy: will this become more flexible when dealing with industries and companies in difficulties?

  • What will be the impact of the bank bail-outs on future competition enforcement?

  • How is the increased geographical spread of competition authorities and extra-territorial enforcement affecting multinational companies?

  • What is the impact on cross-border transactions of the expansion and reach of EC's policy?

Chair   
Oliver Bretz
Managing Partner, Antitrust Practice
Clifford Chance

11:30   
Speakers
Julia Holtz

Senior Competition Counsel
Google UK

Gert Jan Koopman
Deputy Director General State Aid
European Commission

Tim Jones
Solicitor
BT plc

Professor William E Kovacic

13:10 - 14:10   Lunch

Session Three: Competition Policy and the Emerging Superpowers

  • What are the principles behind the competition policies of emerging superpowers: consumer protection? Nurturing indigenous companies?

  • Fostering a business environment attractive to investors? 

  • What are their differing priorities? How far have they adhered to them?

  • What are the different enforcement patterns and methods?

  • How much certainty can companies have when dealing with authorities, in terms of timing, access to confidential information, review process, enforcement priorities, etc?   

  • Now five years old, how is China’s Anti-monopoly Law (AML) being implemented in practice?

  • How will the COMESA merger control rules apply and affect companies investing in Africa?

  • What advantages does being a city state offer to policy formulation and enforcement, particularly in difficult economic times?


Chair    
Damian Reece
Deputy Chief Executive
Capital Markets, College Hill
  
Keynote Address
Eduardo Pérez Motta
Chairman, Mexican Federal Competition Commission and
Chair, ICN Steering Group

Panellists
Mark Griffiths
Head of Antitrust
Absa Bank

Tito Amaral De Andrade
Partner
Machado Mayer

Dr Burton Ong
Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Law and Business
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Bai Yong
Senior Associate, Antitrust Practice
Clifford Chance, China   

George K Lipimile
Director and Chief Executive Officer
COMESA Competition Commission

15:10 - 15:40   Refreshments

 
Moderated panel discussion

Speakers
Mark Griffiths


Tito Amaral De Andrade

Dr Burton Ong

Bai Yong

George K Lipimile

Final session: A UK perspective

16:40   
Lord Currie of Marylebone (on the record)
Chair Designate
Competition and Markets Authority

17:10    End of conference and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House

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
BT plc
Burson-Marsteller
Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Europe
City University
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Competition Commission
Department for International Development (DFID)
Department of Transportation
Electrabel-Suez
Financial Services Authority (FSA)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
FTI Consulting Ltd
GlaxoSmithKline plc
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Herbert Smith LLP
HM Treasury
Hogan Lovells
HSBC Holdings plc
Hungarian Competition Authority
IMM Associates Ltd
Jersey Competition Regulation Authority (JCRA)
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
Qualcomm
RBB Economics
Rio Tinto plc
Royal Dutch Shell
Selex Galileo Ltd
Shearman & Sterling
SJ Berwin LLP
Stephenson Harwood
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Tesco
The Cooperatition Incubator
University College London
University of East Anglia
US Federal Trade Commission
Vodafone Group
White & Case LLP