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ABA’s ‘Antitrust in Asia’ to present high-level discussion, interaction with top policymakers

ABA’s ‘Antitrust in Asia’ to present high-level discussion, interaction with top policymakers

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 — Asia is the new antitrust frontier, with the rapid emergence of Chinese enforcement as well as cross-border enforcement by established agencies and new regimes across the continent. “Antitrust in Asia: China” will present high-level discussion and debate on key developments and unique opportunities to interact with top policymakers May 21-23 in Beijing.  

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, chairman of The Coca-Cola Co.’s Greater China and Korea Business Unit, David Brooks, and China Investment Corp. recent president Gao Xiqing will give keynote addresses at the conference. Leading scholars and experienced practitioners will lead sessions on a range of topics, including merger review and remedies, private actions, abuse of dominance, international best practices, compliance, and issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, as well as the fundamentals of Chinese and U.S. antitrust law and the economics of competition law.

Speakers include the directors general of the three Chinese antitrust agencies, Supreme People’s Court IPR Tribunal Chief Judge Kong Xiangjun, U.S. Court of Appeals Senior Judge Douglas Ginsburg, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims, Commissioner Chul Ho Ji of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, Commissioner Hiroyuki Odagiri of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, and German Federal Cartel Office President and International Competition Network Chair Andreas Mundt.

What:  
“Antitrust in Asia: China”

Sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law and the Expert Advisory Committee of the Anti-Monopoly Commission of the State Council with the support of the Competition Law Center of China’s University of International Business and Economics

When: 
May 21-23

Where:
China World Hotel
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Ave.
Beijing 100004

Conference highlights include:

“The Rise of Antitrust in Asia” — Antitrust has become a key consideration for firms doing business in Asia, including in developed and emerging markets and in countries with varied legal and economic systems. Competition agency leaders will share their perspectives on key principles and priorities that shape competition law enforcement in the region, among other topics.
Thursday, May 22, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

“What’s the Deal? Navigating Merger Review from Pre-Notification Through Remedy” — The rise of merger control in China is a major development and challenge for global M&A planning and execution, with implications for deal timing, process and clearance outcomes. Three panels, which will include the director general of MOFCOM and leading Chinese and international practitioners and economists, will provide practical insight as they work through a realistic hypothetical merger scenario, including on merger review procedures, merger analysis and merger remedies such as the use of “hold separate” provisions.
Friday, May 23, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

“The Price Is Right? Recent Developments in Price-Related Anti-Monopoly Practices” — Panelists will discuss the use of the AML and the Price Law in investigation of high or collusive pricing, legal standards for the analysis of resale price maintenance by NDRC and the courts, and other related issues in abuse of dominance cases, including in the high technology field.
Thursday, May 22, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

“Private Actions Roundtable” — Discussion will center on the role of the courts in China’s AML enforcement landscape, practical insights into the nature and potential pitfalls of private litigation under the AML, and the risks to Chinese and other Asian entities from private litigation in the United States and elsewhere.
Friday, May 23, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.          

A complete agenda can be found online.  

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Ali Cybulski at Alisha.Cybulski@americanbar.org.

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