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February 04, 2020

U.S., international antitrust officials to speak at ABA cartel workshop Feb. 19-21

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2020 — The top antitrust enforcement officers from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan and Mexico will be among speakers and presenters at the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s 13th International Cartel Workshop to be held Feb. 19-21 in San Francisco.

An “Enforcers Roundtable” on Friday, Feb. 21, from 3-5 p.m. will feature Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C.; Sarah Court, commissioner, Australia Competition & Consumer Commission, Canberra; Matthew Boswell, commissioner, Competition Bureau of Canada, Gatineau; Kris Dekeyser, acting deputy director-general for Antitrust, European Commission, Brussels; Reiko Aoki, commissioner, Japan Fair Trade Commission, Tokyo; and Alejandra Palacios Prieto, chairwoman, Comision Federal de Competencia Económica, Mexico City;

13th International Cartel Workshop
ABA Antitrust Law Section

Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 19-21

Palace Hotel San Francisco
2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

The workshop is presented every two years in a different major city. Most recently, the conference was held in Paris in 2018 and Tokyo in 2016. This year’s program will feature a diverse and highly experienced faculty of private attorneys and government enforcers leading participants through a hypothetical global cartel investigation — from detection of a conspiracy to the ultimate disposition of the enforcement actions in jurisdictions around the world.

Wednesday’s session will feature opening remarks by Richard A. Powers, deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, from 9-9:20 a.m.

Other program highlights include two other roundtables:

“Has the Leniency Revolution Stalled? Major Trends in Cartel Enforcement” — Panelists include Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo, general superintendent, Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense, Brazil; Richard A. Powers, deputy assistant attorney general, DOJ, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C.; Brent Snyder, chief executive officer, Hong Kong Competition Commission; and Eric van Ginderachter, director, Cartels, European Commission.

Wednesday, 1-2:50 p.m.

“A Brief Trip Around the World” — This panel of international cartel enforcers includes Andres Baretto Gonzales, superintendent, Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, Bogota; Howard Cartlidge, senior director, Cartels, Competition and Markets Authority, London;  Makgale Mohlala, manager, Cartels Division, Competition Commission South Africa, Pretoria; Konrad Ost, vice president, Bundeskartellamt, Berlin; Brent Snyder, chief executive officer, Hong Kong Competition Commission; and Sriraj Venkatasamy, joint director (Law), Competition Commission of India, New Delhi.

Thursday, 3:25-5:15 p.m.

Click here for the complete conference agenda.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at [email protected].

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