Conference

Global Competition Policy

Politics, Brexit and challenging the consensus

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Chatham House, London

Overview

The UK’s exit from the European Union and a Trump presidency in the US will have major implications for the global competition and antitrust policy arena. The UK’s withdrawal from the Single Market post-Brexit and the stated intent of President Trump to pursue an ‘America first’ principle in trade matters, risks fragmenting the global consensus on competition regulation as a public interest objective, and politicizing competition policy frameworks through the pursuit of protectionist measures that prioritize national interests. In addition, national public sentiments are increasingly at odds with the principles underpinning globalization and global business, with potential repercussions for the future direction of competition policy and regulation.
    
The annual Chatham House Competition Policy conference will address what these major political and populist developments mean for competition policy-making frameworks, and how they may reshape existing approaches to regulation, as well as the rules governing merger controls, state aid and antitrust enforcement.

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.

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Pricing and booking information  

Register by Friday 7 April 2017 to benefit from the early booking rate.

General Counsel of major companies may register at the standard government department rate.

Ways to book:

  1. Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
  2. Phone: Call Dora Rencoret on +44 (0)20 7314 2785
  3. Email / Post: Download a PDF registration form, complete and return to Charlotte Laycock via email or post: Chatham House, 10 St. James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LE
 

EARLY RATE (+VAT): 
BEFORE 7 APRIL

FULL RATE (+VAT): 
AFTER 7 APRIL
   
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
Non-members  
Commercial organizations£1,190£1,295
Government departments£680£750
NGOs and academics£440£510

Your delegate pass includes:

  • Conference attendance
  • Documentation
  • Lunch and refreshments

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

Friday 16 June
0930

Session One | Political Developments and Global Approaches to Competition Policy

This session will explore how major political shifts, competing national political priorities, waning efforts on trade liberalization, and rising anti-globalization sentiments are affecting competition policy and antitrust regulation.

  • In light of recent political events, how can a global consensus on competition policy as an important public interest objective be preserved?
  • To what extent will the US adopt a more traditional approach to competition policy issues? What will an ‘America first’ policy principle mean in practice for US trade relations and US organizations responsible for antitrust policy and enforcement?
  • How will Brexit affect the ability of European competition authorities, particularly in the UK, to play a role in the wider global policy-making framework? What will it mean for collaboration between national authorities?
  • Are the UK’s interests best served by remaining aligned with current EU competition guidelines? To what extent can the UK act as a ‘free agent’ outside the Single Market? Can it aspire to play a similar role to the US and China in the global competition policy community?
  • What does the loss of political momentum on TTIP and TPP mean for competition law and regulation?

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments

Session Two | Global Antitrust Enforcement

This session will explore how a post-Brexit legal order and a Trump administration will affect co-operation on antitrust enforcement and investigations into potential abuses of market dominance.

  • How might antitrust enforcement under the Trump administration differ from previous administrations? Will it adopt a more activist strategy?
  • Will the UK follow a traditional free-enterprise approach to antitrust? If so what would this mean for competition tribunal judgements in the UK?
  • Could Brexit lead to a more prosecutorial model of antitrust enforcement, with a greater emphasis on individual liability?
  • How can international co-operation on antitrust enforcement continue to be fostered? How will information be shared between the UK and the EU or the UK and US?
  • Post-Brexit, what is the likelihood of parallel antitrust investigations in the UK and the EU?

1300 – 1400    Lunch

Session Three | Implications for State Aid

This session will focus on state aid policy, an area where Brexit creates considerable potential for divergence, and what the tension between national and international policies will mean for existing frameworks governing state aid.

  • How will Brexit affect the institutional limits of the state aid framework? Will the UK’s industrial strategy lead to a more interventionist approach from government as it adopts a more active role?
  • Will compliance with state aid rules be a condition of any trading arrangement between the UK and EU and under what circumstances can it be achieved, given the uncertainty and complexity surrounding the post-Brexit transition?
  • Can a harmonized approach to state aid be maintained without a trade agreement or do such politically charged decisions require a common framework?
  • What would a change in the approach to state aid in the UK mean for EU investigations, such as preferential tax treatments in member states for international businesses?
  • What would the absence of stringent state aid rules in the UK mean for local and international businesses?

15:30 – 16:00    Afternoon refreshments

Session Four | Politics, Mergers and the Public Interest

This session will assess the political climate for merger activity and how industrial policies may affect merger reviews and the use of public interest tests.

  • What is the prevailing political and public appetite for global mergers in Europe and the US? Does the contemporary political mood signal a swing towards greater enforcement and anti-merger policies, and will merger decisions become increasingly politicized?
  • How will the relationship between industrial and competition policies shape merger reviews post-Brexit? Will the use of public interest tests become more widespread? What would this mean for the EU Merger Regulation?
  • Will the UK take advantage of potential new freedoms to utilize public interest tests? What is the risk that conflicting approaches and decisions may damage competitive markets or result in an anti-competitive environment?
  • Post-Brexit, to what extent might the UK emerge as an important jurisdiction for merger reviews?
  • How will major European economies approach the issue of maintaining competitive markets versus protecting politically important industries?

1730 Close of conference and drinks reception

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Speakers

Kelyn Bacon to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Kelyn Bacon QC

Brick Court Chambers

Dr Andrea Coscelli to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Andrea Coscelli

Acting Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority UK

Paulo Burnier da Silveira to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Paulo Burnier da Silveira

Commissioner, Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), Brazil

Isabelle de Silva to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Isabelle de Silva

President, Autorité de la concurrence

Jenine Hulsmann

Partner, Clifford Chance

Prof. Dr Vincent Martenet to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition 2017 conference

Vincent Martenet

President, Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO)

Gabriel McGann to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Gabriel McGann

Senior Counsel, Competition, The Coca-Cola Company

Martín Moguel Gloria to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Martín Moguel Gloria

Commissioner, Federal Economic Competition Commission Mexico

Carles Esteva Mosso to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Carles Esteva Mosso

Deputy Director General for Mergers, DG Competition, European Commission

Andreas Mundt to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Andreas Mundt

President, Bundeskartellamt

Vincent Pickering to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Vincent Pickering

Associate General Counsel, Spotify

Sponsors 
 

Clifford Chance to sponsor the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Compass Lexecon to sponsor the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

The George Washington University to sponsor the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact
Kamil Hussain on +44 (0) 20 7957 5732

Media partners

BICCL to speak at the Chatham House Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

CDR to partner with Chatham House on the Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

Concurrences to partner with Chatham House on the Global Competition Policy conference

Global Legal Insights to partner with Chatham House on the Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

ICLG to partner with Chatham House on the Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

International Lawyers Network to partner with Chatham House on the Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

MLex to partner with Chatham House on the Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

PaRR to partner with Chatham House on the Global Competition Policy 2017 conference

If you are interested in becoming a media partner for this event, please contact 
Amy Smith on +44 (0)20 7957 5755

Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK
[email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7314 2785
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710

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

Directions
The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which is on the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo Underground lines. From Piccadilly follow Regent Street southwards towards Pall Mall and take the first road on the right called Jermyn Street. Duke of York Street is the second road on the left and leads to St James's Square. Chatham House is immediately on your right.

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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 - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817

Standard Single from £195 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London - SW1Y 6JF

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125

Standard Single £205 + VAT

Book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London 
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ

Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121

Standard Single £235 +VAT

The Savoy London
Strand
London - WC2R 0EU

Tel: 020 7836 4343
Fax: 020 7240 6040 

Standard Single £250 +VAT

Press registration

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

Press can request a press pass.