Competition Policy 2018

The relationship between antitrust, innovation and investment

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Chatham House, London

Technology, data and new business models are changing the way industries are structured and how businesses engage with the marketplace. In this context competition authorities and antitrust regulators must navigate the challenge of maintaining competitive markets in ways that also encourage continued innovation, investment and growth.

The annual Chatham House Global Competition Policy conference will explore key contemporary considerations for competition regulation, how to foster expertise as advances in technology give rise to new competition concerns, and the interplay between antitrust and an evolving, information-led marketplace. 

Continuing Professional Development 
6 CPD hours are available for delegates attending this event, as per the Bar Standards Board’s CPD Provider Accreditation Scheme.

For professionals regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, 6 CPD hours are available for delegates that remain opted into the 16 hours annual CPD requirement.

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


Monday 11 June

Session One |The Global Context: Politicization of Market Access

Access to international markets is crucial for job creation and economic growth, but a number of major economies are increasingly embracing protectionist trade policies that threaten the principles of open markets and free trade. This opening discussion will focus on the ways in which the pursuit of national interests on trade matters threatens to politicize approaches to competition policy and antitrust regulation, and how this may affect the development of competition regulation principles in developing and newly developed economies.

Session Two | Merger Control and the Interface with Innovation and Investment

This session will consider the conflicts that arise in the exercise of merger control procedures when faced with the challenge of promoting competition across sectors whilst also rewarding and encouraging investment and innovation.

  • How effective have competition regulators been when assessing the impact of mergers on innovation?
  • Will the trend of investigating and challenging mergers, with the stated goal of preserving innovation, continue to be a priority for antitrust enforcement? What effect does increased deal scrutiny in merger situations have on investment in research and development?
  • Can the link between market structures and investment in research and development be measured? How should competition authorities take action on mergers on the grounds of an adverse impact on innovation where it is deemed that innovation underpins market competition?
  • When a transfer of intellectual property (IP) resembles a merger for all intents and purposes, what actions can be taken under established principles of competition law? To what extent is increased deal scrutiny inevitable in mergers between IP-rich companies? Are special considerations needed for such mergers?
  • How might proposed new rules for reviewing foreign investments in EU member states affect the existing rules on merger control? What effect will an expansion of the list of sectors for which scrutiny of foreign investment is required have on merger activity?

Session Three | Fintech, Financial Regulation and Competition Law

Fintech continues to reshape financial services, injecting greater choice and competition into the sector and threatening the dominance of established financial institutions. This session will address how authorities can combat anti-competitive practices in order to support greater competition in the financial sector.

  • How should competition enforcement generally be conducted in the fast-growing fintech sector?
  • What actions can be taken against companies that block fintech rivals from gaining legitimate access to customer information and data? Is there a risk of exclusion and related anti-competitive behaviour by established financial institutions towards new market entrants?
  • To what extent will the proliferation of fintech-led consumer solutions lead to market fragmentation, and the subsequent market dominance of niche services by specialized fintech companies? What is the probability that larger fintech companies will drive smaller ones out of the market, leading to a new set of anti-competitive market conditions?
  • What changes to competition enforcement and competition compliance procedures can be expected as a result of increased use of blockchain technology? Due to the fact that blockchain technology sits outside existing regulatory frameworks and is difficult to monitor and control, to what extent could it facilitate anti-competitive collusion?

Session Four | The Crossroads of Competition, Technology and Big Data

This session will focus on how competition law and antitrust regulations can keep pace with technological changes such as new decentralized ledger technologies like blockchain, and the potential for market dominance facilitated by access to, and control of, big data and the development of increasingly sophisticated search engines and algorithms.

  • How can regulators ensure that technology markets remain competitive and open to new entrants?
  • How effective have competition authorities been in assessing and addressing anti-competitive practices in technology markets? To what extent has there been a degree of under enforcement against anti-competitive practices in the sector and has the time come to adopt a more robust approach?
  • How appropriate is competition law as a means to provide consumer protection on data privacy matters? Is a competition-focused approach the most suitable one or are other regulatory mechanisms better placed to deal with these issues?
  • How well do competition regulators typically take data into account in assessments of market abuse? Are the right tools in place to address data-related issues?

1730 End of conference and drinks reception

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Dr Andrea Coscelli to speak at the Chatham House Competition Policy 2018 conference

Dr Andrea Coscelli

Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority

Anthony Durocher

Deputy Commissioner, Monopolistic Practices Directorate, Competition Bureau of Canada


Pricing and booking information 

Register by Friday 13 April 2018 to benefit from the early booking rate.

Ways to book:

  1. Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
  2. Phone: Call Charlie Burnett Rae on +44 (0)20 7957 5727
  3. Email/Post: Download a PDF registration form, complete and return to Saoirse McKeon via email or post to: Saoirse McKeon, Chatham House, 10 St. Jame's Square, London, SW1Y 4LE 


Partners and major corporate members  
All organizations£495£595
Standard corporate members  
Commercial organizations£1,085£1,180
Government departments£620£700
NGOs and academics£380£460
Commercial organizations£1,190£1,295
Government departments£680£750
NGOs and academics£440


Your delegate pass includes:

  • Conference attendance
  • Documentation
  • Lunch and refreshments

Travel and accommodation are not included. View a list of recommended hotels here.



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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
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London - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
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Classic Double without breakfast: £195 +VAT

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Classic Room without breakfast: £205 +VAT

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Classic Queen without breakfast: £247 +VAT
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Press registration

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

Press can request a press pass.

Contact us 

For enquiries relating to the conference agenda or sponsorship please call Kamil Hussain on +44 (0) 20 7314 2783

For registration enquiries please call Charlie Burnett Rae on +44 (0)20 7957 5727

For general enquiries please email [email protected]