25 October

Antitrust in Developing & Emerging Economies : New Challenges In Public Interest, Big Tech, And Regionalism

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From 25 October at 11:00 to 27 October at 13:00 EDT

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Program

Opening Keynote

Oct. 25

Tuesday, 25 October - 11:00 - 11.30 AM EDT

Jonathan KANTER | Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice, Washington D.C. (bio)

#1 PUBLIC INTEREST: FOOD, WORKERS, SUSTAINABILITY…

Oct. 25

Tuesday, 25 October - 11:30 AM - 1.00 PM EDT

Public interests have growing importance in developing country competition law. Many jurisdictions weave food security, sustainability, inclusiveness, and fairness to workers into antitrust analysis or merger conditionality. Some jurisdictions privilege national security and even national champions. Are public interests an appropriate and even necessary concern of competition authorities? When are they relevant? How are they incorporated? And with what predictability?

Ioannis LIANOS | President, Hellenic Competition Commission, Athens (bio)
Derek LOTTER | Partner, Bowmans, Johannesburg*
Heidi SADA | Executive Director for International Affairs, Federal Economic Competition Commission, Mexico (bio)
Doris TSHEPE | Commissioner, South African Competition Commission, Pretoria*
Elizabeth WANG | Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon, Boston/Beijing*

Moderator: Eleanor FOX | Professor of Law, New York University School of Law (bio)

#2 BIG TECH AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: CAN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES HARNESS THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CONTROL THE ABUSES?

Oct. 26

Wednesday, 26 October - 11:30 AM - 1.00 PM EDT

What do developing countries want and what are their vulnerabilities? Can actors in developing countries get fair access to the big tech platforms? Can developing countries’ agencies control big tech abuses? Can they take advantage of the rules and regulations crafted in the developed world?

Paulo BURNIER DA SILVEIRA | Senior Competition Expert, Competition Division, OECD, Paris/Brazil*
Gina CASS-GOTTLIEB | Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Sydney*
Michal GAL | Professor, University of Haifa (bio)
Geeta GOURI | Economic Consultant, Former Member, Indian Competition Commission, New Delhi (bio)
Gönenç GÜRKAYNAK | Founding Partner, ELIG Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul (bio)
Zhang XINZHU | Economist - Director, Global Economics, Beijing*

Moderator: Harry FIRST | Professor, New York University School of Law (bio)

#3 DO WE NEED NEW FORMS OF COOPERATION? HIGHER LEVEL GOVERNANCE?

Oct. 27

Thursday, 27 October - 11:15 AM - 12.45 PM EDT

Markets are bigger than nations, business firms are bigger than nations, and offenses and their remedies cross borders. Nations and their competition agencies are devising different rules, regulations and remedies to control the same conduct. Moreover, developing countries often remain Balkanized, suggesting that cross-border restraints are below the radar screen. Can the problems be generalized at higher than national levels for effective solutions? This panel will discuss the hope of regional economic communities, including the planned competition protocol within the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which is just now being negotiated. What are the tasks that must and should be performed at the center?

Maria COPPOLA | Acting Director, Office of International Affairs, FTC, Washington D.C. (bio)
Michal HALPERIN | Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center, Kennedy School of Government, Former Head of Israel Competition Authority (bio)
Willard MWEMBA | Chief Executive Officer, COMESA Competition Commission, Lilongwe (bio)
Edouardo PEREZ-MOTTA | Partner, SAI Law & Economics, Mexico City*
Angela ZHANG | Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong (bio)

Moderator: Jack Pace | Partner, White & Case, Washington DC (bio)

WRAP UP: NEW YORK & CAPETOWN MINUTE

Thursday, 27 October - 12:45 PM - 1.00 PM EDT

Dennis DAVIS | Former Judge President, Competition Appeal Court of South Africa (bio)
Harry FIRST | Professor, New York University School of Law (bio)
Eleanor FOX | Professor, New York University School of Law (bio)