Advocacy Working Group Seminar -- January 28


The Advocacy Working Group

Presents a Webinar on:

Competition Advocacy to Support Robust Competition in a Post-pandemic World

Thursday, January 28, 2021

14.00 to 15.30 CET (Paris, Oslo)

The Covid-19 crisis brought about many challenges related to competition enforcement and advocacy. As the crisis developed, many competition enforcers around the globe sent clear messages that competition law would be strictly enforced and in some cases raised concerns about cooperation among businesses. At the same time, the enforcers targeted information on their websites, allocated resources to meet the demand for guidance and were involved to provide advice on government’s relief measure to businesses, which overnight lost the basis for its activity.

Now, as the Covid-19 pandemic enters a new phase with vaccines being rolled out, new advocacy challenges will materialize. The goal of advocacy strategies in this phase can on the one hand be damage control: to minimize damages caused to competition due to a significant drop in supply and demand, changes in market structure, and competition culture. However, the strategic goal can also be more ambitious: to promote the role of competition and a post-crisis pro-competitive regulatory framework to boost economic recovery, enabling economies to emerge stronger from the crisis.

This AWG webinar will discuss the challenges and the role of competition advocacy in the economic recovery after the crisis.

Moderator

  • Kjell J. Sunnevåg, Norwegian Competition Authority

Introduction

  • Bill Kovacic, Professor, George Mason University School of Law, USA
  • Ruben Maximiano, Senior Competition Expert, OECD

Country perspectives

  • Naoko Teranishi, Head of Office of Policy Planning and Research for Digital Markets, JFTC
  • Adano Wario, Director Planning Policy and Quality Assurance, Competition Authority of Kenya
  • Lars Sørgard, Director general, Norwegian Competition Authority
  • Alfonso Camba, Deputy Head of Market Studies Unit at the Advocacy Department, CNMC, Spain
  • David Lamb, Head of the Planning, Liaison and International Affairs and Rodrigo Rios, Executive Director of Regulatory Analysis and Collaboration with the Public Sector, COFECE, Mexico


ICN Virtual Spotlight - February 2

ICN Virtual Spotlight

Leading your Agency through Change

Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive Competition and Markets Authority

Andreas Mundt, President Bundeskartellamt and ICN Chair

45 minutes, 1:1

Brexit, digitalization, the new law in Germany are just examples. A changing environment challenges competition agencies around the world. Listen to Andrea Coscelli and Andreas Mundt when they discuss how to lead an agency through change. #ICN Spotlight

Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 1 pm (London), 2 pm (Berlin)

Dial-in details will be available on the ICN website before the session.


Cartel Working Group Seminar -- January 20


The ICN Cartel Working Group Presents a Webinar on
‘How to detect and assess bidding cartels II.’

Agency only webinar!

Wednesday, 20 January 2021
8.00 (EST) / 13.00 (GMT) / 14.00 (CET)

The webinar intends to share jurisdiction’s experience on bidding cartels by focusing on detection methods that are successfully applied by competition authorities. Moreover, by mapping specific features of tender markets and tender design (via case studies) the webinar will also deal with the challenges of the assessment.

Moderator:
Mr Antonio CAPOBIANCO
Acting Head of Competition Division, OECD

Speakers:
Ms Natalie HARSDORF
Acting Managing Director, Austrian Federal Competition Authority, BWB

Mr Ismael BELTRÁN
Leader of the Public Procurement Collusion Task Force of Superintendency of Industry and Commerce, SIC

Mr Rory FIELD
Senior adviser on criminal cartels, Competition and Markets Authority, CMA

Mr Haim ARBIV
Head of Investigations and Intelligence Department, Israeli Competition Authority, ICA

Ms Oana NEG
Deputy Project Manager – Big Data Project, Competition Inspector, Competition Council of Romania

 

Interested agencies can contact the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) – CWG SG1 Co-chair – and ask for the dial-in details. 


Cartel Seminar


The ICN Cartel Working Group Presents a Webinar on
‘Leniency perspectives from the private bar’
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
8.00 (EST) / 13.00 (GMT) / 14.00 (CET)

 

The webinar intends to provide a new angle to the previous work on leniency by giving an insight from NGA perspectives into the factors that are taken into consideration when deciding to submit a leniency/immunity application; why a client might decide against it and also what factors go into the decision to grant or not grant waivers to jurisdictions to exchange information with one another.

Moderator:
Mr Zoltán MAROSI
Attorney at Law / Partner, Oppenheim Law Firm, Hungary

Speakers:
Mr Mateo DIEGO-FERNÁNDEZ
Partner AGON, Mexico

Mr Raimundo ORTEGA
Partner, Antitrust & Competition Law, Energy,  Jones Day, Spain

Mr Manuel CONTRERAS
Senior Associate specialized in competition law Herbert Smith Freehills, Spain

Mr Christof SWAAK
Head of the competition and regulation practice of Stibbe in New York and Amsterdam, EU

Mr Eric MEIRING
Partner, Antitrust, Winston & Strawn LLP, US

Interested agencies and NGAs can contact the CWG SG1 Co-chairs and ask for the dial-in details. 

ICN's leniency related work


ICN Training Overview

Join us for another session of ICN’s 2020 Fall Seminar Series!


Tuesday, November 10, 2020
08:00 EST / 14:00 CET

THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY & HOW OF
ICN’s Training on Demand

 

The world’s top competition experts are just a click away! The ICN’s ever-expanding collection of online video training modules is available to you anywhere, anytime.

Please join us for this Fall Webinar showcasing the ICN Training on Demand project. During the webinar, we will describe the origins of the ICN Training on Demand project, show you where to access videos, hear about how to make use of the video library, and tell you how you can get involved in the development and production of future training modules.

Interested agencies and NGAs can ask for the dial-in details

ICN's Training on Demand modulesICN's YouTube Channel videos


MWG: Sound Decision Making

Join us for another session of ICN’s 2020 Fall Seminar Series!

The ICN Merger Working Group
Presents a Fall Webinar on
Sound Decision Making
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
8.00 (EST) / 13.00 (GMT) / 14.00 (CET)

This webinar shall discuss topics addressed during the Merger Working Group’s regional webinars on sound decision making in merger assessment, such as evidence-based decision making, transparency, independence, and anti-bribery.

Moderator
Joel Bamford
Senior Director, Mergers
Competition and Markets Authority, UK

Speakers
Patricia Brink
Director of Professional Development
Antitrust Division, USA

Kaoru Harada
Senior Officer, M&A Division
Fair Trade Commission, Japan

Cristiane Landerdahl de Albuquerque
Head of Merger & Antitrust Unit for Regulated Markets
CADE, Brazil

Raphael Mburu
Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions
Competition Authority, Kenya

 

Interested agencies and NGAs can contact the MWG Co-chairs and ask for the dial-in details. 


UCWG: Digital Markets seminar

Join us for another session of ICN’s 2020 Fall Seminar Series!

Please join us for an ICN UCWG webinar on the Report on the Results of the ICN Survey on Dominance/Substantial Market Power in Digital Markets” on 27 October 2020, 9:00 EDT/14:00 CET.

Speakers will share experience on key elements of the report and will discuss what further guidance may be needed to help agencies assess market power in digital markets.

Moderator:

Ekaterina Rousseva,  Policy and case coordinator, European Commission, DG Competition

Speakers:

Simone Wong, Principal Economist, Competition and Consumer Economics Unit, ACCC, Australia

Dr. Sebastian Wismer, Head of Unit Digital Economy, Bundeskartellamt, Germany

Sergio Rodriguez Garcia, Director General for Market Investigations, COFECE, Mexico

Yves Botteman, Partner, Dentons Europe LLP, Brussels, Belgium, also UCWG NGA for DG Competition

 

Best regards,

Interested agencies and NGAs can contact the UCWG Co-chairs and ask for the dial-in details. 


ICN Framework on Competition Agency Procedures (CAP)

Join us for another session of ICN’s 2020 Fall Seminar Series!

Join us for a Fall Webinar on:

Framework for Competition Agency Procedures:  Participant Perspectives

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

08:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT

 

Fair and effective procedures are essential to sound competition law enforcement and can increase opportunities for international cooperation. Following the desire expressed by several competition agencies to further cooperate on fundamental principles of fair and effective procedures, the ICN established a Framework on Competition Agency Procedures (the “CAP”). This webinar will mark the first gathering of participants since the CAP was signed in May of 2019.  The webinar will review highlights from the templates submitted by participants and feature several perspectives on how the CAP agreement and completion of templates have provided opportunities for self assessment, regional dialogue on procedures, and more productive engagement with private parties.

Speakers:
Reiko Aoki
Commissioner,  Japan Fair Trade Commission

Gudmundur Haukur Gudmundsson
Division Manager & International Coordinator
Icelandic Competition Authority

Francis Kariuki
Director General, Competition Authority of Kenya

Sergio López Rodríguez
Head of the Investigative Authority
Federal Economic Competition Commission of Mexico

John Pecman
Senior Business Advisor
Fasken Martineau, ICN NGA

Moderator
Marcus Bezzi
Executive General Manager, Specialised Enforcement and Advocacy Division
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

 

Interested agencies and NGAs can contact the CAP Co-chairs and ask for the dial-in details


2019-2020 ICN/WBG Competition Advocacy Contest Session

Join us for the first session of ICN’s 2020 Fall Seminar Series!

Session Flyer

The 2019-2020 ICN-WBG Competition Advocacy Contest

Competition as a tool to reap the benefits and mitigate the costs of the new economy: Jobs, industry and data

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020
8:00-9:30 EDT (Washington D.C.) / 14:00-15:30 CEDT (Rome)

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Moderator: Andrea Minuto Rizzo, Head of International Affairs Office, Italian Competition Authority (AGCM)

Opening remarks:
Andreas Mundt, ICN Steering Group Chair and President of Bundeskartellamt

Introduction:
Georgiana Pop, Global Lead, Competition Policy, World Bank Group

Alessandra Tonazzi, Director of the European and International Affairs Directorate, Italian Competition Authority (AGCM)


Awards announcements & discussion:

Theme 1: Unleashing competition for more and better jobs
Presenter: Mariana Tavares, Partner, Levy & Salomão Advogados

Theme 2 – Aligning industrial policies with competition principles
Presenter: Georgiana Pop, Global Lead, Competition Policy, World Bank Group

Theme 3 – Promoting pro-competition data regulation
Presenter: Alessandra Tonazzi, Director of the European and International Affairs Directorate, Italian Competition Authority

Theme 4 – Boosting policy effectiveness through better coordination between enforcement and advocacy
Presenter: Eleanor Fox, Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation at New York University School of Law


ICN 2020 Fall Seminar Series

The ICN’s 19th annual conference was held 14-17 September. Materials are online on the conference webpages.

Missing ICN content already? No need! The ICN is announcing a 2020 Fall Seminar Series. Stay tuned for these ICN Events every Tuesday into November!

The link to attend the first session on 22 September on the 2019-2020 ICN-World Bank Competition Advocacy Contest is available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf5WKbz7TiI

Links and participation information for future sessions will be made available by working groups.

ICN FALL WEBINAR SERIES

Date Time

Session

Tuesday,

22 September

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT Advocacy Working Group:  ICN World Bank Competition Advocacy Contest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf5WKbz7TiI

Tuesday,

29 September

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT Merger Working Group:  Procedural Infringements
Tuesday,

6 October

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT Cartel Working Group:  Horizontal Agreements on Sustainability in a World on Fire
Tuesday,

13 October

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT Agency Effectiveness Working Group: 

Enforcement Priorities in Action: Agency Effectiveness Perspective

Tuesday,

20 October

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT ICN Framework for Competition Agency Procedures:  Participant Perspectives
Tuesday,

27 October

9:00 EDT / 14:00 CEST Unilateral Conduct Working Group:

Dominance/Substantial Market Power in Digital Markets Report

Tuesday,

3 November

8:00 EST / 14:00 CEST Merger Working Group:  Sound Decision Making
Tuesday,

10 November

8:00 EST / 14:00 CEST ICN Training on Demand Showcase