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


2019-2020 ICN/WBG Competition Advocacy Contest

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

For more information on the contest, visit the World Bank Group’s contest webpage.

 

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Winners!

Theme 1: Unleashing competition for more and better jobs

Awarded authorities:

U.S. Federal Trade Commission (Winner)

U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (Winner)

Theme 2 – Aligning industrial policies with competition principles

Awarded authorities:

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia (Winner)

Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC), Colombia (HM)

Federal Antimonopoly Services (FAS), Russia (HM)

Theme 3 – Promoting pro-competition data regulation

Awarded authorities:

Portuguese Competition Authority (Adc) (Winner)

Theme 4 – Boosting policy effectiveness through better coordination between enforcement and advocacy

Awarded authorities:

Hong Kong Competition Commission (Winner)

Competition Commission, Mauritius (HM)

Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico (HM)

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Zambia (HM)


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


News Release: ICN 2020 Annual Conference

Quality, Spirit and Professionalism

International Competition Network discusses digital economy and announces full self-evaluation of ICN

The International Competition Network (ICN) held its 19th annual conference on September 14-17, 2020. The conference was the ICN’s first virtual conference. Originally planned as an in-person conference in Los Angeles in May, the conference transitioned to a virtual format as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ICN is the most important network of competition authorities worldwide. It comprises 140 competition agencies from 129 jurisdictions. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, has been the ICN Steering Group Chair since September 2013.

Andreas Mundt, ICN Chair and President of the Bundeskartellamt: “Over 2500 delegates from around the world participated in the conference. I want to thank our host agencies FTC and DOJ, the ICN working group co-chairs and everyone involved.”

Andreas Mundt opened the conference and spoke on a panel on remedies in unilateral conduct cases involving digital markets. Other sessions dealt with competition enforcement in the digital economy, big data and cartelization, competition advocacy in the digital age, merger investigations in the digital sector, and competition agencies’ strategies to address the challenges of the digital economy. Additional sessions dedicated to younger agencies, ICN Non-Governmental Advisors and economists took place on conference day four.

The ICN also announced plans for a full self-evaluation of the network, the “Third Decade Review”. Andreas Mundt: “ICN will turn 20 next year and we will look at tools, structure and topics to shape the ICN for its third decade. The ICN is well equipped to keep on improving and developing, maybe the most important skill these days. Quality, spirit and professionalism will enable the ICN to tackle the issues that matter for its members.”

A recording of the conference will be available on the ICN conference webpage after the close of the conference. Supplemental annual conference programming will be held throughout the fall.

ICN work products, the ICN working group work plans and additional information on future events are available on the ICN website.


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 ICN NGA Toolkit

The ICN has created a new guide for NGA engagement. This NGA toolkit has been produced to provide guidance to member agencies and to existing and prospective NGAs on NGA engagement. NGAs are competition experts from all backgrounds – lawyers and economists in private practice, inhouse
counsels, representatives of non-governmental international organizations, members of industry and consumer groups, academics and judges – who volunteer to contribute to the ICN’s work.

NGA Toolkit

ICN Steering Group Statement: Competition during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic

Today the ICN Steering Group issued a statement addressing key considerations related to competition law enforcement during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Link to Statement (also available in Portuguese)

The statement recognizes the unprecedented challenges that competition agencies are facing to maintain their enforcement missions during the pandemic. The statement reaffirms the relevance of competition to economies in crisis and urges member agencies to remain vigilant to anti-competitive conduct during the crisis. The statement recognizes the ability of agencies to evaluate and consider good faith efforts and limited collaborations among competitors to provide needed goods and services in making enforcement decisions, in line with applicable laws. It also encourages transparency with respect to operational and policy changes during the crisis and supports member agency advocacy efforts to promote competition as a guiding principle for economic recovery efforts in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The ICN Steering Group also noted its continued efforts to cooperate and share experiences across the network of competition enforcers during this challenging time.