Saturday, May 25, 2013

Cartel Detection And The Use Of Screens To Uncover Price Conspiracies

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Cartel Detection And The Use Of Screens To Uncover Price Conspiracies



The use of screens has been integral in cartel detection, but also has a very meaningful place in cartel prevention and defense. This briefing room starts by reviewing the way screens, as well as other detection tools, are used in practice to uncover pricing conspiracies and to determine whether collusion is present in a specific market. Leading off this discussion in the form of an engaging webinar series will be a panel of knowledgeable experts widely recognized as the premier thought leaders in the subject. This first webinar, to be held on May 22nd, will be a nuanced overview of cartel detection headlined by guest editor Rosa Abrantes-Metz (GlobalEcon, NYU Stern School of Business), Antonio Capobianco (OECD), Carlos Mena-Labarthe (Federal Competition Commission of Mexico), and Carlos Ragazzo (Administrative Council for Economic Defense, Brazil). It will be moderated by David S. Evans (GlobalEcon, University of Chicago Law School).

We then turn our focus to a robust webinar discussion on the value of screens in cartel prevention and the
creative usage of screens on the defense side. This second webinar, held a week after the first on May 28th, will feature guest editor Rosa Abrantes-Metz (GlobalEcon, NYU Stern School of Business), Kai Huschelrath (ZEW), Donald C. Klawiter (Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP), Daniel Sokol (Levin College of Law at the University of Florida). This will also be moderated by David S. Evans (GlobalEcon, University of Chicago Law School).


About the Experts:


Rosa Abrantes-Metz is a principal in the antitrust,
securities and financial regulation practices of Global Economics Group and an
Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business. She is the author
of several articles on econometric methods and screens and flagged the LIBOR
conspiracy in 2008. Her work is regularly featured in the media.
Antonio Capobianco is responsible for proceedings of
the Working Party No. 3 of the OECD Competition Committee, Working Party on
International Co-operation and Competition Law Enforcement. In this position, Mr
Capobianco was responsible for a series of projects and work streams, including
the development of the 2009 Guidelines for Fighting Bid Rigging in Public
Kai Hüschelrath is head of the research group
“Competition and Regulation” at ZEW (Center for European Economic Research). And
Assistant Professor of Industrial Organization and Competitive Strategy at WHU
Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallender.
is a partner at Sheppard Mullin in Washington, DC.. His
practice focuses on antitrust investigations and litigation with a special
emphasis on international cartel matters. In 2005-2006, he served as Chair of
the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. Recently, he served as Co-Chair of the Section
of Antitrust Law’s Presidential Transition Report Task Force, which made
recommendations to the Antitrust Division and FTC on enforcement policy and
Carlos Mena-Labarthe is head of cartel investigations
at the Federal Competition Commission of Mexico (CFC). Prior to his joining the
Mexican competition authority he worked for national and international law firms
including Basham, Ringe y Correa; Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa and Haynes
and Boone. He teaches Competition Law, Regulation and Public Policy at graduate
and postgraduate level at ITAM.
Carlos Ragazzo is General Superintendent of Brazil’s
competition authority, CADE. Before joining CADE he was a Lawyer for Pinheiro
Net Avogados and worked as a trainee at the US's FTC. He was general coordinator
of antitrust at the Secretariat of Economic Monitoring in the Ministry of
Finance. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Antitrust Law in Rio de Janeiro
at Gertulio Vargas.
Daniel Sokol is an Associate Professor of Law at
University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He has provided technical
assistance and capacity building to antitrust agencies and utilities regulators
from around the world. He is a co-editor of the book series Global
Competition Law and Economics
David S. Evans is Chairman of Global Economics Group
and Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School. Evans is the co-author with
Professor Abrantes-Metz of a widely discussed proposal for replacing LIBOR.

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