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


2020 Annual Conference

19th Annual International Competition Network Conference starts today

The International Competition Network’s (ICN) 19th annual conference opens today at 8:00am EDT/2:00pm CEST and runs through Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The network’s first-ever virtual annual conference will be co-hosted by the US Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

Originally planned as an in-person event in Los Angeles in May, the multi-day conference features discussions across a range of competition enforcement and policy issues, particularly those that involve the digital economy, and highlights the progress of the ICN working groups on mergers, cartels, unilateral conduct, advocacy and agency effectiveness. Conference participants include leaders and staff of ICN member agencies, competition experts from international organizations, and non-governmental advisors (NGAs) from the legal, business, and academic communities. 

Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt and ICN Chair said, “The 2020 ICN Annual Conference has a clear focus: the digital economy. This is where we as enforcers are in the spotlight and have to deliver results. We are on track but we need to carry the momentum into our agencies and multiply it in the ICN. Our co-hosts did a great job transforming the L.A. conference into a virtual event.”

Registration is not required. The web address to attend is available on the ICN 2020 Virtual Annual Conference’s website.


2020 ICN Virtual Annual Conference

The first virtual ICN Annual Conference will take place from 14-17 September 2020. Our joint virtual hosts, the US DoJ and US FTC, together with the ICN Working Group Co-chairs have organized a compact conference week and a series of additional sessions that are linked to the main conference week but will take place later this year.


2020 Annual Conference Postponed -- Update

Letter update from the Hosts and ICN Chair.

Dear ICN Members and Registered ICN Annual Conference attendees,

As we all follow developments regarding COVID-19. We would like to update you on the status of the ICN 2020 Annual Conference.

The conference is rescheduled as a virtual event in September to ensure that all of our attendees can enjoy the conference worry free.

 

For updates or questions, please contact the conference hosts.


2020 ICN Annual Conference

The U.S. competition agencies are pleased to be hosting the 2020 ICN Annual Conference!

ICN member authorities and NGAs nominated by their member authority are invited to participate in the conference.

For further information, please visit the 2020 ICN Annual Conference website or contact the conference hosts. The website includes information on accommodations, the conference venue, and events.

We look forward to welcoming the ICN community at the 2020 ICN Annual Conference!


2020 ICN Merger Workshop

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pleased to be hosting the 2020 ICN Merger Workshop, which will be held on Thursday 27 February and Friday 28 February at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in Melbourne, Australia.

The Workshop will build around the foundation question ‘How can authorities achieve the right balance in their approach to merger review in a changing market environment?’ through a range of topical plenary and small group sessions designed to cater to a broad range of interests among ICN Merger Working Group members and non-governmental advisors (NGAs).

ICN Merger Working Group member authorities and NGAs nominated by their member authority are invited to participate in the Workshop.

Registration for the Workshop is now open. Please register at 2020 ICN Merger Workshop registration, preferably by 1 December 2019 but no later than 24 January 2020.

For further information, please visit the ICN Merger Workshop 2020 website.


2019 ICN Cartel Workshop

2019 ICN Cartel Workshop

The Administrative Council for Economic Defense of Brazil will host the 2019 ICN Cartel Workshop, in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from 7 to 10 October 2019. The venue of the workshop will be the Wish Resort Golf Convention.

The theme of the workshop is “Cartels in the Age of Data-Driven Economy” and it will focus on the paradoxical impact of data on cartels since it can be used to facilitate collusion and also help agencies to detect cartels. Some of the topics that will be discussed at the event are: delineation of cartel activities in a changing business environment; challenges and information management for data-driven markets; antitrust liability for software-based infringements; intelligence and screening tools; effective leniency and evidence assessment in the digital era; due process and cooperation tools.

The 2019 ICN Cartel Workshop is an invitation-only event. The admission will be reserved for ICN Competition Authorities members and NGAs.

For more information, please access https://icncartelworkshop2019.cade.gov.br/.