Wednesday, January 31, 2018

GCR Live 3rd Annual Cartels conference, 10 April 2018

The GCR Live 3rd Annual Cartels conference, taking place on 10 April 2018 at 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006.

The one day event, co-chaired by Thomas Mueller, WilmerHale and Samuel Weglein, Analysis Group, will bring together leading governmental representatives, private practitioners, academics and corporate counsel to discuss topics at the forefront of cartel and antitrust law.

Tickets are currently available at the super early booking rate of $800; to register, please click here. Complimentary registration is also available here for in-house counsel and government representatives.

Separated by numerous networking and refreshment breaks, conference topics will include:

  • Morning keynote – Speaker to be announced
  • The role of smaller agencies in cartel enforcement 

As cartel enforcement slows, perhaps temporarily, in many major antitrust jurisdictions, we examine the role of agencies in smaller or less-established jurisdictions in shaping global cartel enforcement policy. What role should smaller agencies play in shaping global cartel enforcement? How are investigations focused in jurisdictions such as Mexico, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel? How are those investigations carried out, and what punishments have companies and executives accused of cartel behaviour faced?

  • Square peg in a round hole:The pursuit of unconventional cartels matters

In a world where there are fewer classic price-fixing cases to bring and in which agencies have incentives to find behaviour that could be deemed cartel activity, what’s the proper role of criminal antitrust in an enforcement portfolio? What is the global effect of the increasingly aggressive treatment of information exchange and other similarly grey areas of competition enforcement, as cases are picked up multilaterally? And with different global approaches to explicit and tacit collusion, should observers expect enforcers to agree on the legality of algorithmic pricing?

  • Afternoon keynote – Speaker to be announced
  • Decrypting public and private enforcement in Asia’s biggest jurisdictions

Asia is now firmly established as a hotbed for antitrust enforcement, from both government agencies and private plaintiffs; Korea, China and elsewhere boast active plaintiff lawyers and a court system teeming with antitrust matters. This panel will examine the traits, structure and record of private and public enforcement in Asia's most significant antitrust jurisdictions and discuss what foreign companies can expect when doing business in each country.

  • The interplay between public and private cartel enforcement

It used to be that a government investigation would lead, and private litigation would follow, but increasingly private plaintiffs are using their own statistical analysis found in academic papers as data evidence when bringing stand-alone cases. To what extent has over-burdened leniency made way for this approach? What weight should statistical data and analysis provide in terms of evidence of coordination? What role should statistical analyses play in investigations? Is data where cartel enforcers, including the US Department of Justice, ought to be putting its money? We examine the role data and its analysis should play in cartel matters and ask whether the system has led to evidentiary strengths or weaknesses.

Upon the close of conference, all delegates will be invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by McMillan.

Further programme details can be found on the event webpage here; speakers for the day will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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