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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

6th Seoul International Competition Forum

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The 6th Seoul International Competition Forum


Seoul, 15th September 2010



I.   Overview


The Seoul International Competition Forum (SICF), held biennially since 2002, aims to help advance Korea’s competition law and policy, establish the culture of competition and spread competition law worldwide. The forum was first conceived in 2001 when the Korea Fair Trade Commission invited officials of competition agencies and international organizations and experts in competition law and policy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Commission’s foundation and to seek a forward-looking direction of its competition policy.


To date, Seoul International Competition Forum has made a meaningful contribution to the development of competition law and policy through discussions on various competition issues joined by high ranking officials of many competition authorities and international organization such as the OECD, UNCTAD, competition law practicing lawyers, and prestigious academics.


This year, the 6th Seoul International Competition Forum will take place in the Lotte Hotel Seoul on 15th September, 2010. The Forum will be devoted to the discussions of competition issues in the area of (1) Digital Convergence and Competition Issues, (2) Horizontal Expansion of competition Law in Asia, (3) Sector Regulation and Competition Law Enforcement, and (4) For better Competition Authority. 



II.    Agenda(Draft)


·   14 September (Tue) 19:00-20:30   Welcome Reception



·   15 September (Wed)





Opening Ceremony



Session 1: Digital Convergence and Competition Issues

Digital Convergence driven by the rapid development of information and digital technology connects different products, companies, systems or industries. The intensifying trend toward digital convergence is now affecting the competition enforcement system. What we witness are complicated market definition, expanded network effect, various anticompetitive behaviors, especially regarding intellectual property rights, weighted importance on vertical and conglomerate mergers, etc.

Participants will review experts’ analysis on the impact of digital convergence on competition and share experience and discuss the ways for more effective competition law enforcement.


Keynote Speaker(each 20min)

Alexander Italianer (Director General, EC DG Comp)

  Albert A. Foer (President of American Antitrust Institute)

Discussant (each 15min)

Stanley Wong (Member, Competition Authority (Ireland))

Hiroyuki Odagiri (Director, CPRC of Japan Fair Trade Commission)

Alberto Heimler (Chair, OECD Competition Committee 2nd W/G)

Seonghoon Jeon (Professor, Sogang Univ, Non-standing Commissioner of FTC, Korea)


Richard Brunell (Adjunct Professor of Boston College Law School, Senior Fellow of American Antitrust Institute)





Session 2: Horizontal Expansion of Competition Law in Asia

Given the rising influence of Asian countries in the world economy and politics, it would be worth to have in-depth discussion on current state and future plans of competition enforcement of large emerging economies such as China, India and Indonesia.


Speaker (each 15min)

 Qing Li (Deputy Director General, NDRC, China)

H. C. Gupta (Member of Competition Commission of India)

 Anna Maria Tri Anggraini (Vice Chairman, KPPU, Indonesia)


Hassan Qaqaya (Head, Competition Law and Consumer Policies Branch, UNCTAD)


Coffee Break



Session 3: Sector Regulation and Competition Law Enforcement

Sector regulation and competition policy have always maintained both tense and cooperative relations. Conflicts are inevitably induced when sector regulations cause anti-competitive effects or when regulatory authority tries to exempt the enforcement of competition law in its jurisdictions. Participants’ experiences on such cases will be shared and effective response to the situation will be discussed.


Keynote Speaker (15min)

William Kovacic (Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission)

Allan Fels (Professor, School of Government, Australia)

Discussant (each 10min)

Li-Ming Chiang (Commissioner, FTC, Chinese Taipei)

Markus Lange (Director, German Federal Cartel Office)

Andrey Tsyganov (Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service, Russia)

King Wang Poon (Director, Competition Commission of Singapore)

Hackhyun Kim (Commissioner, KFTC, Korea)


Alberto Heimler (Chair, OECD Competition Committee 2nd W/G)


Coffee Break



Session 4: For better Competition Authority

Leading experts from major competition authorities will share experiences and propose ways on how to enhance effectiveness of competition enforcement. The Session also provides an opportunity to look back on the 30-year-history of the Korean Fair Trade Commission and suggest its future direction for a new leap forward.


Speaker(each 15min)

Bruno Lasserre (President, Authorité de la Concurrence, France)

Kazuhiko Takeshima (Chairman, Japan Fair Trade Commission)

William Kovacic (Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission)

Dongwon Suh (Senior Advisor of Kim & Chang (Former Vice Chairman of KFTC), Korea)


Hoil Yoon (Yoon & Yang LLP, Korea)


Closing Ceremony


Gala Dinner

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