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Globalization of Competition Policy

Striving for convergence?

Clifford Chance, London

A common global approach to competition policy and regulation remains elusive. The multitude of policy jurisdictions and divergent national frameworks have hindered the path to convergence upon an ‘optimal’ set of standards, but to what extent is convergence a desirable goal? What value would a universal set of standards and procedures have for regulators and antitrust enforcement, and what are the potential risks?

The annual Chatham House Competition Policy conference will consider these questions and key developments in global competition policy and the marketplace. Discussions will also assess the principles of ‘better practice’, with expert insights on how divergent antitrust measures affect global mergers, the direction of policy and prospects for convergence in established and emerging competition regimes, and what effect the increasing role of e-commerce will have on competition policies.

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.

Twitter 
Suggested hashtag: #CHCompetition

Pricing

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

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please contact Alex Cook on +44 (0)20 7957 5727

                       FULL RATE
 EXCL. VATINCL. VAT
Major corporate member rates  
All organizations£595£714
Corporate member rates  
Commercial organizations£1,180£1,416
Government departments£700£840
NGOs and academics£460£552
Standard rates  
Commercial organizations£1,295£1,554 
Government departments£750£900
NGOs and academics£510

£612

Thursday 23 June
0930

Overview | Convergence, Divergence and Optimal Standards for Competition Regulation
09:30 - 10:40

  • How much progress is being made towards widely accepted standards for competition policy and regulation? 
  • To what extent are competition regulators in agreement on a common set of standards?
  • Who will set the standards of the future and how will global regulatory norms be affected?
  • How much standardization is desirable? What level of convergence is optimal? Are the strategies, mechanisms and institutions relied upon to achieve greater convergence working?
  • What factors have contributed to the lack of progress on standardization?
  • What are the benefits of convergent approaches to competition policy and what are the risks?

Chair’s opening remarks
William E Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy; Professor of Law; and Director, Competition Law Center, George Washington University

Keynote speakers
Renata Hesse, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice​

Toh Han Li, Chief Executive, Competition Commission of Singapore

Questions and discussion

10:40 - 11:10 Refreshments

Session One | Merger Control Challenges in Global Transactions
11:10 - 13:00

  • What are the key areas that need to be improved on global merger controls?
  • What role can multilateral and industry organizations play in furthering convergence?
  • How can the benefits of increased cooperation between regulators be realized?
  • What is the role that multilateral organizations such as the European Commission can play in furthering convergence on competition standards? How does convergence work in practice?
  • Might less be more in the case of convergence in minority shareholdings and joint ventures?
  • Are new systems on merger control – with varied processes, goals and stages – leading to more pronounced differences and conflicting approaches?
  • How do antitrust measures in different jurisdictions make mergers more difficult?
  • How are economic considerations taken into account across regulatory regimes, and what can be learned in terms of ‘better practice’?

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

Speakers
Dr Andrea Coscelli, Executive Director, Markets and Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority UK
Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director General for Mergers, DG Competition, European Commission​
Anne Riley, Associate General Counsel Antitrust and Head of Antitrust Team, Shell International  
Kaarli Eichhorn, Global Executive Counsel – Competition Law & Policy, GE
Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head, Compass Lexecon Europe

Questions and discussion

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Session Two | Competition Law Enforcement in the Digital Economy
14:00 - 15:30

  • What are the main considerations for anti-trust enforcement, competition policy, and legislation in the context of the digital economy?
  • What are the merits of competition law versus sector-specific legislation?
  • How should the requirement to ensure adequate antitrust enforcement be balanced with the need to promote and nurture innovation in e-commerce?
  • What is the appropriate role of competition law in furthering the digital single market?
  • What are the implications of big data for antitrust enforcement? What limits, if any, should antitrust law impose on the collection and use of consumer data?

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

Afternoon keynote
Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission

Speakers
Guillaume Loriot, Director of Information, Communications and Media, DG Competition, European Commission 
Thomas Vinje, Partner and Chair of Antitrust Practice, Clifford Chance
David Zapolsky, SVP, General Counsel and Secretary, Amazon
Carolyn Jameson, Chief Legal Officer, Skyscanner.com

Questions and discussion

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon refreshments

Session Three | Judicial Review and Private Enforcement
16:00 - 17:40

  • Does judicial review of competition law cases provide fair and effective redress and appellate functions?
  • Is there a greater need for specialist competition judges or tribunals?
  • Is the transatlantic divide between private enforcement and collective redress narrowing? 
  • How do approaches to private action differ across national jurisdictions and what can be learned in terms of better practice?
  • How does the possibility of private actions influence the behaviour of regulatory bodies?

Chair
Elizabeth Morony, Antitrust Litigation Partner, Clifford Chance

Speakers
Ian Forrester QC, Judge of the General Court, Court of Justice of the European Union
Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner, Competition Commission South Africa 
Niamh McCarthy, Head of Competition Law, International Airlines Group
Roland Green, Deputy General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority

Questions and discussion

Closing keynote
The Honourable Mr Justice Roth, President, Competition Appeal Tribunal, UK 

Questions and discussion

 1740 Close of conference and drinks reception 

 

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2016

Keynote Speakers


Speakers

Tembinkosi Bonakele to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Tembinkosi Bonakele

Commissioner, Competition Commission South Africa

Lorenzo Coppi to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Lorenzo Coppi

Executive Vice - President and Head of the Brussels Office, Compass Lexecon

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

Dr Andrea Coscelli

Executive Director, Markets and Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority UK

Kaarli Eichhorn to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Kaarli Eichhorn

Global Executive Counsel, Competition Law & Policy, GE

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

Ian Forrester QC to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Ian Forrester QC

Judge of the General Court, Court of Justice of the European Union

Roland Green to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Roland Green

Deputy General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority

Carolyn Jameson to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Carolyn Jameson

Chief Legal Officer, Skyscanner

William Kovacic to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

William E Kovacic

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

Guillaume Loriot to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Guillaume Loriot

Director of Information, Communications and Media, DG Competition, European Commission

Niamh McCarthy to speak at Chatham House Competition 2016 conference

Niamh McCarthy

Head of Competition Law, International Airlines Group

Elizabeth Morony to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Elizabeth Morony

Antitrust Litigation Partner, Clifford Chance

Jorge Padilla to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Jorge Padilla

Senior Managing Director and Head, Compass Lexecon Europe

Anne Riley to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Anne Riley

Associate General Counsel Antitrust and Head of Antitrust Team, Shell International

Thomas Vinje to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Thomas Vinje

Partner and Chair of Antitrust Practice, Clifford Chance

David Zapolsky to speak at the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

David Zapolsky

SVP, General Counsel and Secretary, Amazon

Sponsorsed by

Clifford Chance to sponsor the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Compass Lexecon to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition 2016 conference

George Washington University to sponsor the Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Kamil Hussain on
+44 (0) 20 7314 2783 or email khussain@chathamhouse.org

Media Partnerships

BICL to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference
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Concurrences to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

Global Legal Group to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

ICC UK to partner with Chatham House on the Global Trade 2016 conference

ICLG to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

International Lawyers Network to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference


Jordan Publishing to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

PaRR to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference
The Lawyer to partner with Chatham House on the Globalization of Competition Policy 2016 conference

If you are interested in becoming a media partner for this event, please contact Amy Smith on
+44 (0)20 7957 5755 or email asmith@chathamhouse.org

The Chatham House Globalization of Competition Policy conference is designed for the following:

Job functions:Sectors:
Partners and Heads: Competition; Antitrust; MergersLaw Firms
Company SecretaryBanks
General CounselFinancial Institutions
Chief Legal AdviserE-commerce
Competition Law and RegulationIT
Consumer and CompetitionEnergy and Utilities
Merger ControlsTelecoms
Knowledge ManagementConsultancies
Public Policy 

Previous Conference attendees include:

Allen & OveryAmazonAppleAshurstBaker & McKenzie
BarclaysBerwin Leighton PaisnerBritish AirwaysBritish GasCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
CMS Cameron McKennaCoca-ColaCompetition and Markets AuthorityCovington & BurlingEDF Energy
European CommissionEvershedsEverything EverywhereExpediaFinancial Conduct Authority
Foreign & Commonwealth OfficeFreshfields Bruckhaus DeringerGeneral ElectricGoogleHerbert Smith Freehills
HM TreasuryHogan LovellsKing & Wood MallesonsKPMGLatham & Watkins
Liberty GlobalLinklatersMayer BrownNaspersNokia
Norton Rose FulbrightPwCRWESamsungShearman & Sterling
ShellSlaughter and MaySullivan & CromwellUnileverUS Department of Justice
US Federal Trade CommissionVodafone   

 

Venue

Clifford Chance
10 Upper Bank St
London
E14 5JJ
UK

Map

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Due to refurbishment works at Chatham House in the summer, please note that this conference will not be held at Chatham House and will take place at the above venue.

Accommodation
Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at the hotels below, 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 and that these hotels are situated near Chatham House rather than the conference venue in Canary Wharf.

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 from £250 +VAT

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