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18th International Conference on Competition // March 15-17, 2017

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Welcome Address

The International Conference on Competition has been hosted by the Bundeskartellamt every other year since the early 1980s.

The conference is one of the most renowned international events dealing with competition law issues and brings together leading personalities and competition experts from all over the world, providing a forum for them to exchange their knowledge and experience. The last conference in 2015 was attended by more than 350 participants from over 60 countries.

The 18th International Conference on Competition will take place
in Berlin from 15 - 17 March 2017.

Covering a wide range of current legal and economic issues, the 18th International Conference on Competition will pay particular focus to the profound changes to the economy brought about by increasing digitalisation, which raise new questions for competition authorities around the globe.

The conference will be opened with keynote speeches by Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, and Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Post AG.

The Opening Session will be followed by a speech given by Joe Kaeser, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG, who will open the first panel discussion. Dealing with the interrelation between company size, the level of competition and innovative strength, this panel will address the controversial question of whether size or competition is the key driver of innovation and investment. Can market power and deep pockets buy innovation? Do global markets call for strong global players and “national champions”? Does competition enforcement boost Europe’s growth potential?

The second panel will discuss the role of competition authorities in enforcing competition law in the digital economy. Are there convincing theories of harm for appropriate intervention? Are procedures fast and efficient enough to cope with the dynamics of fast moving markets? In case of doubt: to intervene or not to intervene? Is regulation the last resort?

The third panel will take a closer look at the application of economic theory in the context of competition law issues in digital markets. How do we measure innovation competition? How can we predict future developments in a context of rapid change? Do we have the right models to measure parameters other than price? Do we get the data to apply them? Or is a reassessment of standards of evidence inevitable?

The fourth panel discussion will deal with the long-term reliability of leniency programmes to detect modern and more sophisticated cartels. Are leniency programmes still the instrument of choice with cartels becoming more sophisticated? Do other instruments have to be strengthened to raise the potential to detect cartels? Are leniency programmes losing their attractiveness due to over-deterrence caused by multi-jurisdictional enforcement, criminalization and private damages?
A detailed conference programme is available here. The working languages of the conference will be German and English (simultaneous interpreting services will be provided).

As in previous years, the Bundeskartellamt will host a workshop in English for the representatives of young competition authorities on the day before the conference. The workshop was first held in 2013 as a new programme feature tailored to the specific needs and interests of young competition authorities. It was very well received and proved to be an excellent forum for international exchange. More than 70 participants from over 35 countries attended the first workshop to discuss matters of interest and exchange their opinions. The topics of the 2017 workshop are “Competition has no lobby – Strategies for successful advocacy with governments and other stakeholders” and “Market Studies in practice – Priorities, purpose, procedure".
The workshop programme can be found here.

The conference venue will be the Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt. The venue of the workshop will be the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin.

I am looking forward to some interesting contributions and stimulating discussions with you at the 18th International Conference on Competition in Berlin.

Yours sincerely,

Andreas Mundt
President of the Bundeskartellamt

Participation in the conference is by (personal) invitation only.



Conference Agenda / Conference Materials

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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt, Berlin
from 16.00 h Registration

Evening programme
19.00 h Reception and buffet dinner at the restaurant "Nolle", Berlin

Thursday, 16 March 2017 – morning

Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt Berlin
from 09.00 h Registration

18th International Conference on Competition

09.30 h Opening address Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt

09.45 h Speech Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin

10.15 h Q&A Andreas Mundt (Moderator), President of the Bundeskartellamt

10.30 h Coffee break

11.00 h Speech Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, Brussels

11.30 h Q&A Skaidrīte Ābrama, Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia, Riga

11.45 h Speech Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Post AG, Bonn

12.15 h Q&A Andreas Mundt (Moderator), President of the Bundeskartellamt

12.30 h Lunch

Thursday, 16 March 2017 – afternoon

14.00 – 15.30 h Panel I: Size or competition – What drives innovation and investment?

Speech Joe Kaeser, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG, Munich

Moderator Professor Carl Baudenbacher, President of the EFTA Court and Director of the Competence Center of European and International Law, Luxembourg/St. Gallen

Panelists
Hans-Toni Junius, President, CEO C.D. Wälzholz KG, and Chairman, BDI/BDA Mittelstand Committee, Hagen/Berlin
Johannes Laitenberger, Director-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC

Discussion
Can market power and deep pockets buy innovation? Do global markets call for strong global players and "national champions"? Does competition enforcement boost Europe’s growth potential? What do recent examples of mergers in telecom industry teach us?

15.30 h Coffee break

16.00 – 17.15 h Panel II : Platforms, networks, big data – Do competition authorities get it right?

Moderator Frank Montag, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Chairman of the Competition Lawyers’ Association, Brussels/Düsseldorf

Panelists
Thomas O. Barnett, Former Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice and Partner at Covington & Burling LLP, Washington DC
Thomas Jarzombek, Member of the German Parliament, Düsseldorf
Isabelle de Silva, President of the Autorité de la concurrence, Paris
Valentin Stalf, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Number26 GmbH, Berlin

Discussion
Are there convincing theories of harm for appropriate intervention? Are procedures fast and efficient enough to cope with the dynamics of fast moving markets? In case of doubt: to intervene or not to intervene? Is regulation the last resort?

Evening programme
19.30 h Reception and dinner at the AXICA Forum, Berlin

Friday, 17 March 2017 – morning

09.30 – 10.45 h Panel III: Economic theory – ready for the digital world?

Moderator John Fingleton, Chief Executive, Fingleton Associates, London

Panelists
Cristina Caffarra, Vice President, Charles River Associates, Brussels/London
Sir Peter Roth, President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, London
Professor Achim Wambach, Chairman, Monopolies Commission, Bonn
Professor Wouter P.J. Wils, Hearing Officer, European Commission, Brussels, and Visiting Professor, King’s College, London

Discussion
Measurement tools are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for competition policy in the digital economy. But how do we measure innovation competition? How to predict future developments in a context of rapid change? Do we have the right models to measure parameters other than price? Do we get the data to apply them? Or is a reassessment of standards of evidence inevitable?

10.45 h Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30 h Panel IV: Modern cartel enforcement - Yesterday’s success stories – tomorrow’s failures?

Moderator John Pecman, Commissioner, Competition Bureau of Canada, Gatineau

Panelists
Reiko Aoki, Commissioner of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, Tokyo
Professor Ian S. Forrester QC, Judge at the General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg
Alejandra Palacios Prieto, President of the Federal Commission for Economic Competition, Mexico City
Romina Polley, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Cologne

Discussion
Leniency programmes are a successful tool for detecting hardcore cartels. But are they still the instrument of choice with cartels becoming more sophisticated? Do other instruments have to be strengthened to raise the potential to detect cartels? Are leniency programmes losing their attractiveness due to over-deterrence caused by multi-jurisdictional enforcement, criminalization and private damages?

12.30 h Closing speech Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt




Workshop for Young Competition Authorities

(By invitation only)

PLEASE NOTE: The entrance to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy for participants of the Workshop has been changed. Please use the entrance at “Scharnhorststraße No. 37 (Tor 1)” instead of the entrance at “Invalidenstraße No. 48”. Scharnhorststraße is the first street on the left once you have passed the Ministry on Invalidenstraße.

Workshop Agenda

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 afternoon


13.00 h Registration (Workshop and Conference)


13.30 h Welcoming address Claudia Dörr-Voß, Director General for European Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin


13.40 h Opening address Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt


13.50 – 15.20 h

Panel I – “Competition has no lobby” – Strategies for successful advocacy with governments and other stakeholders

Moderator
Teresa Moreira, Head of Competition Law and Policy and Consumer Protection Branch, UNCTAD

Panelists
Dave Anderson, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Brussels
Arsenio M. Balisacan, Chairman of the Philippine Competition Commission
Alejandro Faya Rodríguez, Chief of staff of the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission
Yuriy Terentyev, Chairman of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine

Discussion

15.20 – 15.45 h Break


15.45 – 17.15 h

Panel II – Market Studies in practice – Priorities, purpose, procedure

Moderator
Professor Frédéric Jenny, Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee, Professor of Economics at ESSEC Paris Business School, and Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics of ESSEC

Panelists
Andrea Coscelli, Acting Chief Executive of the UK Competition and Markets Authority
Professor Paul Heidhues, Professor of Behavioral and Competition Economics, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)
Birgit Krueger, Head of the General Policy Division at the Bundeskartellamt
Liberty Mncube, Chief Economist at the Competition Commission of South Africa

Discussion


17.15 h Closing Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt


Further Information
For further information about the organisation of the workshop please contact
Ms Barbara Schulze, Head of International Unit.
Phone: +49 (0) 228 - 9499 - 240
Mobile: +49 (0) 172 4268102
Fax: +49 (0) 228 - 9499 - 144
E-Mail: barbara.schulze@bundeskartellamt.bund.de


Workshop Venue
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI)
- Auditorium -
Scharnhorststr. 37 (Tor 1) (Entrance)
10115 Berlin

Leave the central railway station at the Europaplatz exit and keep to the right. Follow Invalidenstraße over the bridge (approx. 4 mins). The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, entrance at Invalidenstraße 48, is on the left-hand side.
Please have your passport or ID at hand.

For further information about the venue please click here.