April 23, 2019

Argentina’s president, top DOJ official to speak at ABA antitrust meeting in Buenos Aires

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 — Argentine Secretary of Internal Commerce Ignacio Werner, and U.S. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim will be keynote speakers at the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s Antitrust in the Americas V, May 9-10, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and Carlos Rosenkrantz, president of the Argentine Supreme Court, have also been invited to speak.

Secretary Werner will deliver keynote speeches on Thursday, May 9, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Delrahim, who heads up the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, will deliver the conference’s closing keynote address on Friday, May 10, from 12-12:30 p.m.

What:  
Antitrust in the Americas V
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law

When: 
Thursday-Friday, May 9-10

Where:
Alvear Palace Hotel
Av Alvear 1891
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The conference brings together government enforcers, corporate counsel and leading antitrust practitioners from throughout the Americas to hear and discuss emerging antitrust issues that general counsel and their advisors should anticipate in the dynamic regulatory environment their companies operate in throughout the region.

Program highlights include:

“Deciding Competition Law Cases – Does One Size Fit All?” Adjudication of complex competition law cases presents unique challenges for litigants, agencies and courts alike. This panel considers whether there are standards of due process and best practices for fair and efficient adjudication of these matters that should apply in any forum, and considers whether alternative dispute resolution tools such as mediation and arbitration present viable avenues for managing these time- and resource-intensive cases. Speakers include Justice Robert L. Barnes, Federal Court of Canada, Ottawa; and Javier Tapia, member, Tribunal De Defensa De La Libre Competencia, Santiago.

Thursday, 10:15-11:30 a.m.

“Enforcers Roundtable: Devil is in the Detail” — Competition laws across the Americas are largely consistent in terms of prohibited conduct, but vary widely in terms of execution, enforcement priorities and penalties. This panel of enforcement leaders will delve into these nuanced differences and the prospects for convergence and enhanced cooperation. Speakers are: Esteban Greco, president, Comisión Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia, Buenos Aires; Brenda Hernandez, commissioner, Comisión Federal de Competencia, Mexico City; Mauricio Maia, commissioner, Conselho Administrativo de Defeat Econômica, Brazil; Noah J. Phillips, commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.; and Ricardo Riesco, national economic prosecutor, Fiscalía Nacional Económica, Santiago.

Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m.

“Big Data: Bigger Platforms, Bigger Concerns?” — Internet platforms and network effects are here to stay, and aggregation of consumer/customer data is accelerating. When does data aggregation raise serious concerns about anticompetitive effects? This panel will explore that question as well as the extent to which ongoing enforcement actions in the Big Data space pose a risk of chilling procompetitive behavior. Speakers include Maria Baudino, legal affairs manager, Latin American Division, Google, Brasilia; Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Baker Botts LLP, Washington, D.C.; and Marianela López-Galdos, director, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Washington, D.C.

Friday, 8:35-9:45 a.m.

“Merger Control in a Multijurisdictional Context” — As competition law develops around the globe, deals big and small and across all industries now routinely face multiple, simultaneous merger reviews. Because the analysis of and approach to competitive effects varies by jurisdiction, parties and enforcers alike must take into account the processes of all regulators looking at a transaction in determining the course forward. This panel will explore the realities of multijurisdictional merger control and the potential for streamlining the multi-track review process. Speakers are: Fiona A. Schaeffer, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, New York; Lorena Pavic, Carey, Santiago; and Barbara Rosenberg, Barbosa Mussnich & Aragao Advogados, São Paulo; and Agustín Siboldi, chair, Competition Committee, Bueno Aires.

Friday, 11 a.m.-noon.

The complete agenda can be viewed online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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