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/.

2019 ICN Annual Conference

2019 ICN Annual Conference

The Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce will host the 2019 International Competition Network (ICN) Annual Conference, in Cartagena, Colombia, from 15 to 17 May 2019. The venue for the conference will be Hotel Las Americas, Cartagena. The 2019 Annual Conference will be the 18th annual conference hosted under ICN auspices. During the conference, discussions will focus on strategies related to digital economy, innovation, market definitions and the role of the competition policy since the different perspectives of the ICN.

The ICN Annual Conference is an invitation only event. The admission will be reserved for ICN Competition Authorities members and NGAs. The Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce looks forward to welcoming ICN member agencies and NGAs from across the globe to Cartagena in May 2019.

For more information see: http://serviciosweb.sic.gov.co/icn-annual-conference-2019/

2019 ICN Advocacy Workshop

The 2019 ICN Advocacy Workshop was hosted in Kyiv. Under the theme of “Competition Advocacy: from Barriers to Prosperity,” the two-day event gathered more than 100 competition officials, advocacy professionals, lawyers, economists and academics from about 60 enforcement agencies and organizations. It was co-organized by the Anti-monopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) and the Advocacy Working Group (AWG) co-chairs, i.e. Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA), Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC) and Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS). AMCU Chairman Yuriy Terentiev and HKCC Senior Executive Director Rasul Butt delivered the opening remarks to welcome participants. Representing the co-chairs, Butt gave a brief overview of the work that has been done by the Working Group in 2018-19, including three main work-streams on (1) Advocacy Strategy, (2) Advocacy and Digital Markets and (3) Impact Assessment. With continued, firm support from member agencies and NGAs on those projects, the Working Group has been able to carry out its mission to improve the effectiveness of ICN members in advocating competition principles and to promote the development of a competition culture.

The Workshop began with five competition and advocacy experts sharing their insights on formulating a successful and effective advocacy strategy in the first plenary. It was followed by the second session “Bridging Competition Advocacy and Enforcement” in which speakers talked about how to foster competition culture through advocacy to enhance enforcement impact with cases from their jurisdictions. On the second day, the Workshop continued with the discussion on competition assessment in the policy development process. To conclude the Workshop, recognized experts from the ICN, OECD, the World Bank Group and UNCTAD came together to discuss practical ways for the competition agencies to assist and cooperate with each other in the last plenary “Advocating International Best Practices”.

The Workshop also consisted of nine break-out sessions, enabling lively discussions following up on various aspects of the matters that were more broadly debated in the plenaries, such as advocacy in the digital era, traditional and social media as well as inter-agency collaboration. In addition, these more focused discussions also covered topics that are highly relevant to the current advocacy challenges facing the competition authorities in Ukraine and the region, including issues in relation to natural monopoly, adjacent market, state-owned enterprises and privatization process.

2018 ICN Merger Workshop

The Japan Fair Trade Commission is honoured to host the 2018 International Competition Network (ICN) Merger Workshop!

This two-day workshop will be held on 7th and 8th November in the city of Tokyo, where traditionalism and modernism co-exist. Participants will be able to enjoy significant benefits from sharing their knowledge and experiences with each other and enriching the discussion on cutting-edge issues in merger regulation in the rapidly changing economy. Japan Fair Trade Commission looks forward to welcoming ICN member agencies and NGAs to participate in this beneficial and valuable event.

Contact: icnmergerworkshop2018@jftc.go.jp

Website : https://icnmergerworkshop2018.jftc.go.jp/


2018 ICN Cartel Workshop

The Israeli Antitrust Authority is honored to host the 2018 International Competition Network (ICN) Cartel Workshop from October 15 to 18, 2018, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The theme of the 15th Cartel Workshop is How To Crack A Cartel Step By Step.

The discussions will focus on developing the capabilities required to uncover a cartel, and the legal issues that require attention at every step from the beginning of the investigation until the final sentencing. The 3 day Workshop will tackle various issues such as intelligence, digital evidence gathering, cloud computing and the unique legal challenges faced by agencies during legal enforcement. The Workshop will also include a hands-on practice session aimed at sharing experience on the conduct of effective questioning and dawn raids.